Doctor accused of sexual misconduct won't be prosecuted, district attorney says
PONCHATOULA – The district attorney won't take a local doctor to trial over allegations of sexual misconduct.
Dr. Gregory Allen was arrested earlier in the fall on one count of sexual battery and two counts of misdemeanor sexual battery. At the time, authorities only said the crimes were committed against a female patient.
Local police referred the case to the state Attorney General's office who investigated and issued an arrest warrant. Previously, a spokesperson for the Louisiana Attorney General said the woman reported Dr. Allen made unwanted advances in an examination office.
The arrest sent shock-waves through the small, quiet town – and as reported by WWL TV, the well-known doctor's situation was a buzz on social media.
“This is truly a good man,” one person said in an interview around the time of the arrest.
Friday, though, the local district attorney said there was insufficient proof to charge Dr. Allen.
In a prepared statement, District Attorney Scott Perrilloux said his office reviewed evidence and conducted multiple interviews with the complainant. A decision was made to decline prosecution.
Perrilloux said the case was assigned to someone out of the Ponchatoula area – Assistant D.A. Greg Murphy of neighboring Livingston Parish.
“Mr. Murphy is an experienced prosecutor without any local ties to the family or patients of Dr. Allen or the complainant. As in any case, it was important to have an unbiased and independent review of the evidence and allegations,” Perrilloux said.
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