MASON — An Ingham County doctor is set to stand trial on allegations he sexually harassed and sexually assaulted a female employee.
Michael Estes, a doctor in Ingham County who also works at Intessa Medical Marijuana Card Clinic in Okemos, is charged with three counts of fourth-degree sexual assault and one count of third-degree sexual assault.
A former employee of Estes’ said he sexually harassed and sexually assaulted her. Estes was bound over to Ingham County Circuit Court Thursday to stand trial.
The woman testified Estes stuck his hand inside her underwear and inserted a finger into her. He did not ask permission, nor had she told him it was OK. He pulled out his penis and forced her to touch it, she said.
“I was in shock he was doing it,” the woman said. “It all happened so fast. I was trying to pull away the whole time.”
Another time, he reached his hand up her shirt and grabbed her breast, she said.
Estes’ attorney, Jennifer Kuiper-Weise, said the woman has issues with her credibility. Kuiper-Weise said she continued to work at Intessa for a small amount of money after reporting she was sexually assaulted.
“I don’t think there is enough evidence to pursue a criminal sexual conduct case,” she said. “She is not a credible witness.”
Estes asked the woman about not wearing panties to work, according to a recording given to police. The name of the person who provided the recording was redacted. Estes also asked her if she would have gone outside and pulled her skirt up if it wasn’t raining,
The woman has also filed a personal protective order and a lawsuit against Estes.
Just before she quit, Estes pulled up her skirt and complimented her underwear, but said she was not supposed to wear them, the woman wrote in the PPO application. He hugged her and grabbed her buttocks, she said.
She wrote in the PPO he made her feel powerless, degraded and undignified.
A lawsuit the woman filed against Estes claims he offered to increase her pay if she didn’t wear underwear to work, or if she wore shorter skirts and dresses.
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