5 more women accuse Western, Pa., doctor of sexual assaults

BRIDGEWATER, Pa. (AP) — Five more women have accused a western Pennsylvania doctor of groping them during examinations.

Dr. Robert Knapp, an endocrinologist, already was charged with indecent assault for reportedly assaulting a woman during an examination in July when Bridgewater police filed five new indecent assault charges on Tuesday.

Knapp’s lawyer, Bernard Rabik, suggested the women are lying and cited a pending civil case as possible evidence of attempted extortion.

Bridgewater Police Chief Doug Adams calls Knapp a predator. He says 30 women, aged 20 to 50, have come forward claiming inappropriate behavior by Knapp.

But he says most claims can’t be prosecuted because they fall outside the statute of limitations.

Knapp is free on bond and still practicing.

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