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Class-action lawsuit alleges Kaiser Permanente doctor sexually assaulted 12 women in Md.

Kaiser Permanente Medical Center in Largo, Md. Thursday, June 22, 2017 (Suzanne Kennedy, ABC7)

UPPER MARLBORO, Md. (ABC7) -- A class-action lawsuit filed in Maryland Thursday alleges that a former Kaiser Permanente doctor sexually assaulted at least 12 women.

The lawsuit names Dr. Bryan Williams, a pain-management specialist and anesthesiologist who worked in Largo and Kensington, alleging that as early as November 2012 he assaulted vulnerable female patients, according to a statement released by the law offices of Murphy, Falcon & Murphy.

The lawsuit accuses Kaiser of ignoring complaints that Williams touched patients inappropriately during exams, allowing him to continue practicing and assaulting women.

The attorneys say Kaiser knew about the allegations as early as May 2013 but didn’t address Williams about it until January 2014.

No criminal charges have been filed against Williams, and Kaiser officials say they fired him and reported him to licensing boards. His Maryland medical license was suspended. Kaiser also says it sought to address the concerns of those who raised allegations.

Williams denied the allegations in a 2016 news account before a hearing before the state board of physicians.

Answering an inquiry from ABC7, Kaiser Permanente released the following statement:

The safety of our patients is our highest priority, and we have no tolerance for behavior that puts our patients at risk. We take allegations of misconduct very seriously, and we take action to protect our patients. In this case, we terminated the physician and reported him to the physician licensing boards in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia. We have also reached out to each person who has raised allegations against Dr. Williams and sought to address their concerns.

The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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