To close his case in Hall County State Court, a former staff physician at Hall County’s health clinic must retire from practicing medicine, offer an apology to the women listed in the accusation and hear their victim-impact statements, according to court documents.
Robert Philip Marler was charged with three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery and five counts of simple battery. The incidents allegedly took place between July and December 2016, according to court documents.
According to the accusation filed in Hall County State Court, the allegations against Robert Philip Marler include using a stethoscope to touch a woman’s nipple, jiggling another woman’s breast and sliding his hand across a third woman’s pelvic area.
Seven different women were named in the accusation.
Marler’s attorney Robert G. Rubin said there were two victim-impact statements offered at a Dec. 20 hearing.
“He read an apology letter, not admitting to any misconduct but apologizing that the women felt uncomfortable in the examinations that he did of them,” Rubin said.
Rubin said Marler has submitted the paperwork to the Georgia Composite Medical Board and is awaiting confirmation. As of Jan. 16, the medical board licensee lookup still had Marler as active.
According to the pre-trial diversion memorandum, Marler must change his license status to inactive “with the understanding that (Marler) shall no longer see any patients nor directly nor indirectly practice medicine.”
When the conditions have been met, the prosecution will file a dismissal.
Because the case is still considered open, the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia’s spokeswoman said they could not comment on the case. The Times requested the victim-impact statements, which the spokeswoman said would be available once the case is closed.
Marler and his attorney have maintained throughout that case that Marler was acting properly in terms of examining the mitral valve in the heart and checking the femoral pulse.
“The reason this case was dismissed is because our position was correct. Dr. Marler did not do anything wrong. He acted within the standard of medical care at all times during these exams, and we were able to show that to the District Attorney’s Office,” Rubin said.
The case was handled by an assistant solicitor-general pro tempore.