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Meriden dentist charged with sexual assault, again

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Jeffrey Krahling. (Meriden police photo) Jeffrey Krahling. (Meriden police photo)

For the third time in two months, a dentist in Meriden faces sexual assault charges.

Police said Jeffrey Krahling, 51, sexually assaulted patients as they were undergoing certain procedures at his office. He was charged with fourth-degree sexual assault on Oct. 28.

Krahling, who practices at 12 Curtis St. Suite 14 in Meriden, was charged with the same crime on Sept. 2 and Sept. 22. Police called his court cases "on going."

Three female patients accused Krahling of rubbing up against them with his genitals while he was still clothed. In the first incident, a patient claimed Krahling put his genitals on her head. 

Two more women came forward with similar abuse earlier this year. They even documented their experiences online when it happened. In a post, on an anxiety blog dated in January, one victim said she could feel Krahling "literally rubbing against my shoulder. His assistant popped in to ask him a question and he backed off quicker than I could count to 1."

In May, another victim posted to Facebook, "I know I was out of it, but the guy was like putting his junk all in my face."

Eyewitness News learned that Krahling has out-of-state convictions and murder charges. Digging through these court documents, Krahling was convicted of five battery charges in Maryland and back in 1993 was accused of assault with intent to murder. 

When police tried to interview one of Krahling's assistants, she said she never saw the dentist do anything inappropriate. She also didn't show up to a second police interview after telling police Krahling demanded that she tell him what their initial conversation was about.

Police said Krahling was released on a $100,000 court-set bond. However, there was no answer at Krahling's Wallingford home on Wednesday.

Workers at neighboring offices said as of last week, with three charges pending, Krahling was still seeing patients at his Meriden building.

"He's still getting people in," Karen Silvia Shapiro, who works in office, said. "Unless you're reading the paper or watching the news, a lot of people aren't aware." 

Court documents show Krahling was being investigated by the Department of Health, but he was still listed as active dentist. Eyewitness News called them the Department of Health on Wednesday morning and they were still waiting on the status of those investigations.  

Meanwhile, one of Krahling's attorney said the dentist voluntarily suspended his practice last week, but it's not known if it was before or after the third arrest.

Another attorney, representing Krahling on the criminal side, maintains the dentist's innocence. That attorney said there's a lot of maneuvering during certain procedures and insists Krahling didn't touch anyone inappropriately. Those that work in the same building said he should have removed himself long ago. 

"I don't think when you're dealing with the public, you should, at all, be practicing," Shapiro said. 

Krahlig's attorney's explanation was that the doctor needed some time to finish procedures with patients.

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