Posted by News4Jax
A University of Florida College of Medicine-Jacksonville faculty member has been arrested on charges of lewd and lascivious molestation on a child younger than 12.
James Phillips, 45, has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. He is being held in the Duval County jail with bail set at $100,003.
According to a police report, the molestation was reported on Nov. 25. “Potential evidence” was collected during a search, according to the report.
Police said Phillips denied any wrongdoing. Other details of the arrest were redacted from the police report.
Administrators with the Jacksonville UF College of Medicine campus said they were notified Thursday of the investigation and immediately took Phillips out of a patient care setting.
“These charges against a member of our faculty are deeply troubling. This conduct, if true, is intolerable,” said Dr. Bernie Machen, president of the University of Florida. “We extend to the child and family our most sincere concern during this difficult time.”
Phillips has been an employee with the UF College of Medicine-Jacksonville since July 2002, first as a resident and currently as an assistant professor of adult internal medicine in the Department of Medicine. The allegations do not involve patient care and did not occur on Shands Jacksonville Medical Center or UF property, officials said.
“We are cooperating fully with police as they gather facts,” said Dr. David S. Guzick, senior vice president for health affairs at UF and president of the UF&Shands Health System. “As always, the goal of UF&Shands is to provide a safe, secure and caring environment for our patients, their families and the community. These allegations have shocked and saddened us, and the police investigation is critical.”
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