A Monroe, Texas, family dentist has been arrested on child sex assault and child exploitation charges.
In a news release Monday, the Harris County District Attorney’s Office said it was making the announcement to protect the welfare of children.
The dentist was arrested on Sunday and booked into the Harris Co. Jail.
According to the release, the incident happened in the early hours of May 16, when the dental assistant noticed a girl with dark hair standing at a bathroom stall.
The dental assistant told the girl she needed to go to the bathroom.
The girl was then asked to remove her clothes and undress, the release said.
The assistant told police that the girl had been touched by a member of the family and that she had not told the family what had happened.
She was then placed in a chair, where she was forced to perform oral sex on the child.
The girl said she didn’t want to do it, and the assistant left.
After the assault, the dental technician called police, the report said.
The dental assistant has been identified as 37-year-old Michael L. Parker of the same address, according to the statement.
He is also listed as the dental director of the Monroe family dentery.
The dentist’s arrest came one day after a former employee of the dental clinic said she witnessed child sex exploitation.
The employee, identified only as Ms. L., spoke to local news station KPRC and told investigators that the dental office was involved in child sexual exploitation.
The employee said she had worked for the dentist for about a year.
The former employee told KPRCC that she reported the sexual abuse to Parker in early May 2016, but she was told she was not to report it to police because the dental school didn’t have any evidence of the alleged abuse, KPRL reported.
The criminal complaint against Parker said that the former dental assistant had been sexually abused by Parker for at least four years.
She told investigators Parker, who had worked as a dental assistant since 2010, sexually assaulted her over a period of time and she was afraid to report the abuse because she feared for her safety, according the complaint.
She said Parker then used the victim’s dental records to track her down to the dental campus and threatened to expose her if she reported it.
She said she eventually left Parker, and Parker has since been fired from the dental practice.
The child is now in the custody of a family member, according, according her lawyer.