A Massachusetts dentist has been acquitted of a charge of indecently assaulting a female patient during a dental procedure.
The Telegram & Gazette reports that a jury of five women and one man found Nikhilkumar Patel not guilty of indecent assault and battery on Monday.
It was the second time this year that Patel, of Shrewsbury, has been acquitted of assaulting a patient.
The patient, a 43-year-old Maryland woman who previously lived in Worcester, testified that a fully-clothed Patel rubbed his genitals against her arm on two occasions while treating her in his office.
Patel's defense questioned the woman's memory and chronology of events, and asked why she continued to see him after she had allegedly been assaulted.
His license to practice remains active.