March 20, 2007
AUGUSTA, Ga.---A local doctor's bedside manners are now in question after two women filed police reports against him, claiming that he kissed them and sexually assaulted them.
That doctor has been taken off duty because of the accusations. He hasn't been charged yet, but the victim we spoke with says she plans to file charges against Dr. Ervin Wells for sexual battery.
"I turned away the first time, he got me on the cheek," the victim told News 12. "The second time he kissed me dead on the lips."
The last few weeks have been a nightmare for this 33-year-old woman who doesn't want to be identified.
She claims that Dr. Ervin Wells, a former contract employee with University Hospital, inappropriately touched her, fondled her and even kissed her during an examination. She has a shoulder injury from her job, and she says Dr. Wells was assigned to her through workman's comp.
She says he tried to take advantage of her.
"He told me, 'Well, the only thing I want to do is help you out. You just got to get a little dirty.'"
Shocked and confused at his words, the victim says she questioned the doctor and motives on the spot.
"I asked him what he meant by helping out, and he said, 'You just got to get a little dirty and I'll help you pay your bills.'"
The accuser visited Dr. Wells on two occasions. She says after the first visit she was told she had no choice but to see him. She also says that he pressured her to see him outside of the office. She says he even gave her his phone number twice, and on both occasions, she says he kissed her.
"'You're making me feel uncomfortable. Stop,' and that's when he leaned in and kissed me the first time. I turned my head and he got my cheek. I told him, 'I'm not feeling comfortable and you need to stop.'"
The woman says she decided to speak out because if this happened to her, there may be others it's happened to as well.
"Because if he's done this to us, who else has he done it to? I felt scared to tell it, who else is scared out there?"
We tried to contact Dr. Wells but have not been able to reach him.
There is another woman who claims that she was fondled, sexually assaulted and kissed by Dr. Wells. In the police report we obtained, Dr. Wells admits that he did kiss that victim, but says he only did so because she was upset.
We spoke with University Hospital, and they told us that as soon as the complaints came to light, they released Dr. Wells and that he is not in any way associated with the hospital anymore.