Report: Boy, 14, Told Farmington Hills Police that Novi Pediatrician Molested Him
Incidents occurred about 70 times over two-year period, according to report.
The Farmington Hills and West Bloomfield Police departments are investigating possible incidents of molestation of a teenage boy by his pediatrician, a close friend of his family.
A redacted police report issued to Patch under the Freedom of Information Act revealed some details of allegations against Jeffrey Lee Dembs, 61, a West Bloomfield resident and doctor at the My Kid's Doc office on 12 Mile Road in Novi.
Dembs is being accused on a count of first degree criminal sexual conduct and two counts of second degree criminal sexual conduct, all with a person younger than 13.
According to the report, the boy told Farmington Hills police that Dembs invited him to spend the night during the weekends in 2009-10, when, the boy said, he was going through a difficult time at home.
The boy told police that the sexual incidents took place over 70 times over that two-year period, at one point moving from touching to oral sex. The boy told police that the incidents crossed state lines to Las Vegas, where he took a five-day trip with the doctor to watch a fight.
The boy told police after leaving from the last incident, he told his mother that he felt Dembs was becoming "controlling" and wanted to take a break from visiting him. The report states that Dembs told police that the two had a "fallout over being disciplined and getting into trouble."
Dembs told police he has never been married and does not have any children, but that a young man lived with him for about seven years, since age 14.
According to the report, another person questioned by West Bloomfield Police last year in connection with the investigation said that Dembs, his pediatrician, "is like a father figure to him," and that the car he drove was registered in his name.
According to criminal defense attorney Gerry Gleeson, Dembs went on a voluntary leave of absence from his practice after the arrest was made in late November.
"That decision should not reflect on (Dembs) personally," Gleeson told Patch earlier this month. "We categorically deny these charges and I personally look forward to vindicating him in the courts."
Dembs is expected to be in front of Oakland County Circuit Court Judge Daniel O'Brien for a pretrial exam Feb. 4.
If found guilty of first degree criminal sexual conduct, Dembs could face life in jail.