Man drugged, sexually assaulted female patient, deputies say

Published: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 27, 2013 at 3:10 p.m.

Deputies arrested a Gainesville man Tuesday after Union County officials say that while practicing medicine without a license he had drugged a female patient and then sexually assaulted her.

Alachua County Criminal Investigation helped the Union County Sheriff’s Office in serving a search warrant at the home of Oscar Armengol, 53, of 4151 NW 43rd Place, Lot 604.

Armengol works as a medical assistant at the practice of Dr. Marvin Johnson at 850 E. Maine St., Lake Butler, where for several years he routinely treated patients, including the victim, a 22-year-old woman with fibromyalgia, according to the report.

Armengol told deputies the treatment for the victim was expensive and something she could not afford, so he offered to treat the woman after hours. On Nov. 4, the victim came to the practice after hours and Armengol provided her with several medications, including Lortab, Xanax and Celebrex, the report said.

While waiting for the medication to take effect, the victim said Armengol asked her if he could take photos of her because she was “attractive.” Armengol then administered a pain medication with a syringe on the victim’s neck, back, lower back and buttocks, and said he began massaging those areas to circulate the medication, the report stated.

Armengol told deputies that he thought the victim was aroused and asked her if he could “make her relax,” then sexually assaulted her for about 30 seconds until she told him to stop. The victim told deputies she had told Armengol several times to stop while he was assaulting her, but he continued against her will, the report said.

The victim was reportedly very groggy from all of the medication Armengol had given her, which was a lot more than he had given her on past treatments. She also said she had gone to his office in the past, but this was the first time he had assaulted her, the report said.

Deputies found numerous prescription medicines in Armengol’s Gainesville home, including oxycodone, Alprazolam, Adderall, Cymbalta and Viagra.

He also told police that he is a medical doctor in Honduras, but is not licensed to practice medicine in the U.S., the report said.

Although the crime was committed in Union County, Alachua County officials are holding Armengol in the county jail until they determine if they will charge him with additional crimes, sheriff’s spokesman Art Forgey said.

Armengol was charged with practicing medicine without a license and sexual assault, according to the report. He was being held as of Wednesday at the Alachua County jail on a $500,000 bond.

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