MIDDLETOWN, Conn. — At least three more alleged victims have stepped forward with sexual assault complaints against a doctor charged with inappropriately touching patients during exams at a health center in Clinton, a state prosecutor told a judge Thursday.
Middlesex State’s Attorney Peter McShane said the number of complaints against Dr. Tory Westbrook has doubled since his arrest, but declined to confirm the exact number or provide details of the new allegations. Westbrook was charged June 5 with multiple counts of second-degree sexual assault against three people.
Westbrook, 43, of Glastonbury, denied all the charges.
McShane’s comments came during a hearing in Middletown Superior Court on whether three police affidavits supporting Westbrook’s arrest should remain sealed from public view. McShane argued they should remain sealed to protect the integrity of the ongoing investigation and to protect the identities of the alleged victims.
Despite objections from Westbrook’s attorney and reporters, Judge Susan Handy sided with McShane and ordered that the affidavits remain sealed until at least July 17, when another hearing will be held. Handy also sealed search warrant affidavits in the case.
Handy, however, could have ordered the release of the documents with the alleged victims’ names redacted, but declined to do so.
Westbrook, the husband of Superior Court Judge Dawne Westbrook, was arrested last week after a five-month investigation, according to Clinton police. The alleged assaults at Clinton’s Community Health Center occurred between 2010 and January, police said.
Officials at the health center said they received a serious complaint against Westbrook within days after he resigned in February to become medical director of the Charter Oak Health Center in Hartford.
Police said they have interviewed a number of alleged victims who said they were sexually abused during appointments.
Westbrook’s lawyer, Norman Pattis, said he read the arrest warrant affidavits and there was nothing in them that rose to the level of sexual assault.