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Union County Sheriff's Office: Patient drugged, sexually assaulted by medical assistant

11:23 PM, Dec 2, 2013   |    comments
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Oscar Armengol

LAKE BUTLER, Fla. -- A medical assistant was arrested on Tuesday on allegations that he drugged and then sexually assaulted a patient in early November.

According to a release from the Union County Sheriff's Office, 53-year-old Oscar Armengol is facing charges of:

-Sexual Battery with Special Conditions on a Victim over 12 Years of Age (Union County)
-Practicing Medicine without a License (Union County)
-Delivering/Distributing Drugs (Alachua County)

The alleged victim who went to be treated for fibromyalgia on Nov. 4 at the office of Dr. Marvin W. Johnson, where Armengol works. She reported the assault to the Sheriff's Office on Nov. 22. She told authorities that on Nov. 4 Armengol began to give her various medications, including Celebrex, Xanax and Lortab.

She said Armengol took pictures of her, massaged her where he was administering medication and then sexually assaulted her while she was disrobed for 30 seconds, according to the release.

Employees at Dr. Marvin W. Johnson's family practice say they learned of the arrest through police. They say Armengol was a long time employee of 18 years. 

"My grandmother, she really knows him because she's been going there for years and it's just crazy. It's hard to believe," said Jeremiah Parrish, a Lake Butler resident.

The UCSO obtained a warrant for Armengol's home in Gainesville and worked with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office to seize cash, prescription medications, computers and hard drives on Tuesday.

Vera Scott lives next door and remembers witnessing police activity last week.

"It was all unmarked cars and that kind of thing, a lot of people didn't even notice. It was real early in the morning when they were here," said Scott.  

Scott says she knows most of her neighbors very well, but says Armengol was never easy to get to know.

"You can go in and out at the same time he did and wave and he would pay no attention to you," said Scott.

First Coast News reached out to Dr. Johnson for comment, but we were told by his employees that he did not want to make a statement at this time.

Armengol is being held in the Alachua County Jail on a $600,000 bond. Anyone who believes they may have been a victim is asked to contact the UCSO at (386) 496-2501.

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