The Clinton doctor accused of sexually touching over a dozen patients will be reportedly offered a plea deal, the Middletown Press reported Tuesday.
Dr. Tory Westbrook, 44, of Glastonbury, faces a lengthy list of second- and fourth-degree sexual assault charges stemming from a year-long investigation at his Community Health Center clinic in Clinton.
The Middletown Press reported that Westbrook will be offered a plea deal in the case, although it did not specify when that information was disclosed. Westbrook was scheduled to report to Middlesex Superior Court on Tuesday, according to the state judicial branch’s website.
Defendants typically take plea deals to avoid going to trial. In exchange, they can get lesser penalties, depending on the severity of the charges.
According to multiple arrest warrants, Westbrook would meet with female patients during routine examinations for issues like soar throats and back problems and, during those meetings, would begin sexually touching them. Westbrook has pleaded not guilty in the case and his attorney, Bethany-based lawyer Norm Pattis, has said the allegations are similar to the highly publicized McMartin case of the 1980s.