YELLOW SPRINGS — A former Yellow Springs doctor has been indicted by a grand jury on 50 felony counts following a year-long investigation involving the Greene County Sheriff’s Office (GCSO), the Bureau Criminal Investigations (BCI) and other entities.
Donald A. Gronbeck was arrested on October 21 by the GCSO and charged with 16 counts of sexual imposition, 15 counts of gross sexual imposition, 10 counts of sexual assault and nine counts of rape.
At a press conference on Monday, Ohio Attorney General Dave Yost, Greene County District Attorney David Hayes, Greene County Sheriff Scott Anger, Detective Warren Hensley and BCI Special Agents Rick Ward , Perry Roeser and William Jones were on hand to discuss the indictment handed down.
“This case reflects every woman’s nightmare,” Yost said. “I’m glad Sheriff Anger and District Attorney Hayes brought this matter to justice.”
Gronbeck, 42, was charged with inappropriately touching 15 patients, sending inappropriate messages/photos and writing prescriptions for patients he allegedly had sex with.
The year-long investigation began after patients and staff reported the alleged inappropriate behavior to the Greene County Sheriff’s Office. Hayes confirmed that the alleged victims were seen either at Gronbeck’s private practice in Yellow Springs, which is now closed, or while he was providing medical services at Antioch College, according to WDTN.
Gronbeck’s attorney, Jon Paul Rion, disputed the charges.
“There’s more to this problem than meets the eye,” Rion said. “We believe our client is not breaking any laws. We believe this situation arose as a result of a recent money lawsuit filed against our client over personal vendettas.
A bail hearing is set for 1 p.m. on Thursday October 27 before Judge Michael Buckwalter and Rion said his client is awaiting the outcome as he would like a platform to “explain his situation and speak the truth”. .”
Prosecutors said they plan to stand down on any bail, saying Gronbeck is considered a flight risk.
If found guilty on all charges, Gronbeck could face up to 80 years in prison, of which 55 would be mandatory.
Gronbeck, a former doctor at Antioch University, also lost his medical practice, Yellow Springs Primary Care and had his medical license suspended by the Medical Board of Ohio according to records.
Contact Karen Rase at 937-4444. Our partners at WDTN contributed to this story.