Downtown Farmington doctor faces assault charge

Dr. Eliezer Monge
Dr. Eliezer Monge (Farmington Public Safety photo)

A physician with a downtown Farmington office faces charges of assault and battery, after an 18-year-old Farmington woman alleged that he inappropriately touched and kissed her during an exam.

Dr. Eliezer Monge was arraigned on December 2 before 47th District Court Magistrate Matthew Friedrich, who ordered a $2,500 personal bond and no contact with the victim. Monge’s pretrial hearing has been scheduled for 2 p.m. on January 23, 2017.

According to a press release, the victim in July told Farmington Public Safety Department investigators that Monge met her in an exam room and had her lay on her back on the examination table. She told police that he began to touch her in a way that made her feel very uncomfortable, and that they were alone in the exam room.

As Monge helped her sit up, the woman told police, he attempted to kiss her. She turned her head, and he gave her an open-mouth kiss on her neck. Panicked, the woman immediately left the office.

Police said Monge denied the victim’s claims. A DNA sample from the victim’s neck was obtained, and the Michigan State Police Crime Lab confirmed that it matched a sample from Monge.

If convicted, Monge faces 93 days in jail or a $500 fine.

“The actions of Dr. Monge in this case are reprehensible,” Public Safety Director Frank Demers said in the release. “The victim came to him for help, and sadly he took advantage of her in a manner that is both criminal and immoral.”