Centra doctor convicted of workplace sexual assault could face $ 3 million lawsuit

LYNCHBURG, Virginia. – Controversy mounts in a local hospital. A patient sues Centra Health and one of its doctors for assault and neglect during an appointment.

According to Centra, Dr. Spencer Latham is a physiotherapist at the hospital. A judge found him guilty of sexual violence in May. He has appealed the case for a jury trial to be held on January 3.

A 22-year-old woman, who is not named, filed a complaint on Tuesday. The lawsuit says she was Latham’s patient and made an appointment for her lower back pain in January.

According to the complaint, Latham pulled down his sweatpants, exposing them without asking. He goes on to say that there have been inappropriate touching, compliments and behavior that the woman describes as sexual rather than clinical.

The lawsuit also says Centra is negligent about not having a female chaperone during the date.

10 News contacted Centra officials who responded with a statement, saying:

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“We learned of the lawsuit, although we were not served. When Centra became aware of the concerns, we undertook an internal investigation and, therefore, support Mr. Latham and the services he provided. We do not believe that Mr. Latham has done any wrongdoing.

Diane Ludwig, spokesperson for Centra

Centra adds that it does not have a policy requiring therapists to be supervised when they are with a patient. The lawsuit demands over $ 3 million from Centra and Latham and calls for a jury trial.

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