Ellicott City dentist charged with assault

Woman says he rubbed her thighs during visit

January 26, 2002|By Julie Bykowicz | Julie Bykowicz,SUN STAFF

An Ellicott City dentist has been charged with sexually assaulting a 22-year-old female patient last week by rubbing her inner thighs while she was under the influence of nitrous oxide.

Howard County police arrested Evan Carmo DePadua, 37, whose office is in the 10300 block of Baltimore National Pike, Thursday night after a nearly weeklong investigation into the allegations.

The police are asking DePadua's patients to contact them if they believe they have been victimized, said county police spokeswoman Sherry Llewellyn.

DePadua voluntarily accompanied police Thursday to the Southern District office, where he was charged with a fourth-degree sex offense and a second-degree assault, both misdemeanors.

He was released later that night on his own recognizance, a court commissioner said.

According to the charging document, DePadua told the woman during a visit to his office Jan. 19 that he wanted to perform a test for temporomandibular joint disorder after tightening her braces. He gave her nitrous oxide and asked her to unbutton her pants because they were too tight, the document states.

Nitrous oxide, also known as laughing gas, is a weak anaesthetic that can cause disorientation and fixated vision, among other side-effects.

The woman told police DePadua then unzipped her pants and tried to pull them down. When he could not get them off, he helped her stand up against a wall while he lowered her pants to her knees and gave her additional nitrous oxide, according to the charging document.

While she was against the wall, DePadua rubbed her inner thighs "in a manner that made her feel uncomfortable. She advised that she could not react because of the nitrous oxide that was still being administered," the charging document states.

A District Court trial date has been set for April 3. DePadua could face up to 10 years in prison and a fine of up to $2,500 for the second-degree assault and up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $1,000 for the sex offense.

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