New details in case against Houston doctor accused of inappropriate touching

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A doctor who's seen patients for decades is now facing charges, accused of inappropriately touching a young boy while on the job. We told you about the case last week. On Tuesday, that doctor ended up in court.

Dr. Robert Joseph Yetman has been affiliated with Memorial Hermann for more than 30 years. That's why prosecutors are concerned there could be other victims out there.

Yetman appeared in front of a Harris County judge Tuesday morning, According to prosecutors, he was treating a seven-year-old child for asthma when he touched the child inappropriately. Another doctor examined the child and found injuries consistent with inappropriate touching.

The judge ordered Yetman to stay away from children under 17.

"The concern is because of the defendant's profession, that there may be other victims out there," said prosecutor Tiffany Johnson. "And what we would like is if there are any victims who see this report and say, you know, I've had something happen with this doctor while I was a patient under his care, or if even if someone knows the defendant personally that they contact our office and let us know."

On Tuesday, the Texas Medical Board temporarily suspended Yetman, effective immediately. UT Health has placed Yetman on administrative leave.

"We are deeply concerned by the serious allegation against Dr. Robert Yetman as the safety and well-being of our patients are our top priorities," said Alex Rodriguez Leossin with Memorial Hermann. "We are cooperating with law enforcement as they conduct their investigation."

Yetman's attorney declined comment in court Tuesday morning. His trial is set for the end of July.
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