Dr. Jeffrey L. Dembs, a 61-year-old pediatrician at My Kid’s Doc, a private medical practice in Novi that caters to children, was arrested in November of 2012 for allegedly sexually assaulting a child younger than 13. He now faces three counts, including two counts of second-degree CSC against a victim younger than 13, and one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Gerald Gleeson, Dembs’ attorney, said that “We categorically deny the charges and I look forward to vindicating him.”
Dembs, a resident of West Bloomfield, was arrested for the incidents which were believed to have taken place between spring of 2009 and summer of 2010, although news sources do not give any details about the alleged crimes or the victim.
The My Kid’s Doc office specializes in pediatrics, and is led by Dr. Dembs, along with Sheryl Hirsch and Sharon Tice. Employees at the facility are “shocked and saddened” according to news reports. Dembs was released after paying a $150,000 bond on December 11, and was scheduled to appear on January 7 before Judge Daniel P. O’Brien for his arraignment, but chose to do so by mail. News reports indicate that Dembs’ pretrial is scheduled for February 8, 2013 at 8:30 a.m.
Michigan sex crimes defense attorneys know that individuals who are convicted on charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct may be sentenced to life in prison. Several readers who commented on these news articles stated that they had used Dr. Dembs for decades for their children, and were even his patients as children themselves. While the allegations against Dembs may be true, lawyers who concentrate on this aspect of the law also know that innocent people are wrongfully accused every day.
Understandably, the criminal penalties handed out to those found guilty of committing sex crimes against children are extremely harsh. If you have been wrongly accused of an offense that is sexual in nature or charged with any sex crime, consult with an aggressive and effective Michigan sex crime defense lawyer immediately, without delay.