Maryland dental assistant found guilty of abusing patient during surgery


A Montgomery County, Md.-based dental surgical assistant was found guilty of sexually assaulting a minor patient who was undergoing wisdom teeth removal, according to local news station WTOP.

The incident happened in 2017 when a 17-year-old patient visited an oral surgery center to have her wisdom teeth removed. The patient was sedated for the procedure.

During the wisdom teeth extraction, the patient said she woke up to find the Mervin Alexander Rivas-Chang, of Germantown, Md., sexually assaulting her. The dental assistant's DNA was found in the patient's genital area, WTOP reports.

The dental assistant was accused of removing the patient's pulse-oximeter. The oral surgeon was not present at the time of incident, as the dental assistants are responsible for monitoring patients.

Sentencing for the dental assistant is scheduled for June 21.

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