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Man accused of sexually assaulting patient in wheelchair at ECMC

Posted at 1:23 PM, May 09, 2019

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WKBW) — A man is facing charges after police say he sexually assaulted a female patient at ECMC who was in a wheelchair.

The Erie County District Attorney's Office says 26-year-old Dorian Harold was arraigned before a Buffalo City Court judge. He's facing criminal sex act charges and sexual abuse charges.

Police say on Monday, May 6th, Harold was a patient at ECMC when he forcibly sexually assaulted the female patient there. He's scheduled to be back in court Monday, May 13th. If he's convicted on all charges, he faces 25 years in prison.

A spokesperson for the Erie County Medical Center told 7 Eyewitness News Thursday that Buffalo Police were investigating the alleged inappropriate behavior.

The spokesperson says staff intervened and halted the patient, ECMC released a statement Thursday afternoon.

A patient of ECMC’s Comprehensive Psychiatric Emergency Program (CPEP) on Monday, May 6th was alleged to have engaged in inappropriate behavior toward another CPEP patient, which was halted by staff. ECMC is taking this matter very seriously and referred the incident to law enforcement for a full investigation.
Peter K. Cutler, Vice President, Communications and External Affairs, ECMC Corporation.