DEER LODGE — A man who operates ultrasound machines pleaded not guilty in Deer Lodge district court recently to felony sexual intercourse without consent and misdemeanor sexual assault.
Robert G. Baylor, 62, a sonographer, is accused of the crimes by two female patients who received an ultrasound and a sonogram at Deer Lodge Medical Center in Deer Lodge.
According to court records, Jane Doe 1 reported to the sheriff’s office on May 16, 2014, that Baylor conducted an ultrasound that was ordered by her doctor. The procedure was done with a receptionist in the room. After the receptionist left the room, Baylor allegedly did a second ultrasound with a larger instrument. The patient reportedly told her doctor, but Baylor denied doing so, according to the court record.
The record states that On Dec. 17, 2015, Jane Doe 2 reported to the Deer Lodge police department she had been sexually assaulted by Baylor while he was performing an ultrasound exam on her kidneys and no one else was in the room.
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At the time of the alleged incidents, Baylor was an employee of St. James Healthcare in Butte, contracted to do sonograms at Deer Lodge Medical Center. Baylor no longer works at St. James, a spokesperson said Tuesday. The court record indicates that the administrations of both facilities investigated the allegations.
Tony Pfaff, administrator of the Deer Lodge hospital, said there were no other complaints against Baylor, but he no longer provides services at the clinic/hospital there. Pfaff added that it is policy to have someone of the opposite sex in the room during a procedure if there is to be an exposure of private areas, but not for abdominal for ultrasounds.
“We expect integrity by our employees and contractors,” he said.
Baylor is free on $25,000 bond with conditions pending further court proceedings.