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Woman files lawsuit against former Hall clinic doctor
Physician also has been previously charged with sexual battery
Philip Marler
R. Philip Marler

A woman who went to the Hall County Health Center Clinic in July 2016 claims her doctor touched her “without consent and beyond medical guidelines.”

The woman, who is also in a State Court accusation against Robert Philip Marler, of Gainesville, said in the June 28 complaint she was experiencing discomfort in her eye.

“During the July 2, 2016 examination, (Marler), under the guise of listening to her heart and while holding his stethoscope, cupped, rubbed and fondled (the woman’s) breast all without consent and beyond medical guidelines,” according to the complaint.

Assistant Solicitor General Pro Tempore Lalaine Briones filed an accusation May 2 in Hall County State Court charging Marler with three counts of sexual battery and five counts of simple battery.

At the time of the accusation, defense attorney Bob Rubin said he expects to “educate the parties involved to show them that Dr. Marler acted professionally and properly at all times and that he did not commit any crimes of simple or sexual battery upon the complainants.”

After the July 2, 2016, appointment, the woman returned roughly two weeks later for her eye “trusting that the first experience with (Marler) was a misunderstanding,” according to court documents.

During the second examination, the woman alleges similar actions took place.

“The actions of the defendant are an assault and battery intentionally perpetrated by the defendant to satisfy his own desires,” according to the lawsuit.

The suit is seeking compensatory and punitive damages.

When reached Tuesday, July 3, Rubin said he did not have a comment and that he would not be representing Marler in the civil suit.

Marler provided medical care through a contractual relationship between The Longstreet Clinic, Healthwell Solutions and Hall County.

When the allegations surfaced in December, Healthwell Solutions and The Longstreet Clinic made the decision to “change the physician coverage” at the clinic, said the clinic’s human resources director, Jullie King.