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Doctor sexually assaulted 2 patients in O'Fallon, Mo., office, charges say

Doctor sexually assaulted 2 patients in O'Fallon, Mo., office, charges say


O’FALLON, Mo. • A doctor sexually assaulted two patients in his office at a medical building at Progress West Hospital last month, according to court records.

Dr. Howard Orson Setzer, 39, of Webster Groves, was charged Friday with attempted sodomy, a felony, on Jan. 24, and second-degree sexual abuse, a misdemeanor, on Jan. 31.

The female victim in each case went to Setzer’s office at 20 Progress Point Parkway for treatment of back pain, the court records said.

In the Jan. 24 case, a court record says Setzer without warning or permission pulled down the victim’s pants, put his hand inside her underwear and squeezed her bare buttocks.

The same patient complained to authorities that Setzer had also acted inappropriately during an earlier visit at a different office location, the court record said.

On Jan. 31, a court record said, a different patient said Setzer pulled down her pants and underwear without her permission and put his hand on her bare buttocks.

He moved closer to her and she felt his body against her. She fled when Setzer left the room to get her a prescription.

Setzer told authorities he doesn’t ask permission before removing clothing on a patient.

Setzer was part of Mid County Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine, though the company’s website no longer lists him. A spokesman said he could not comment on Setzer’s employment status. He said the practice would cooperate with law enforcement.

The charges filed against Setzer were announced Friday by O’Fallon police in a news release. At the time, police said the incidents were related to “his position as a physician” but didn’t say whether the victims were patients.

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