A man who worked in dentistry for nearly a decade and was accused by a former patient of sexually assaulting her says the man was never violent.
In an exclusive interview with The Washington Post, Winston Salem, 73, said he felt guilty after he was accused in May of sexually touching a patient at a dental clinic in Salem, Oregon, and his family was in disbelief when he told them the man in question was no longer working there.
Salem was the dental director at the Portland Regional Medical Center from 1996 to 2004 and a full-time dentist at the Salem Regional Medical College from 2005 to 2010.
He said he met the patient at the dental clinic after receiving a referral from the woman’s dentist and said they had a pleasant encounter, and she asked him to have lunch.
After dinner, the woman said Salem asked her to leave his office and go back to his office, and then he sexually assaulted her, Salem said.
Salems family was outraged by the allegations and he filed a civil lawsuit against the woman, accusing her of assault and battery.
Saleman said he was never aggressive toward the woman and never touched her inappropriately.
He said he never did anything wrong and that he never asked anyone to leave the office.
Salemen family lawyer, Scott Koehn, said the woman did not make up the story to hurt him.
He called it an isolated incident.
Salema’s lawyer said he will continue to defend the former patient, but he believes the woman is telling the truth.
“There is a lot of skepticism about her story,” Koehl said.
“She did not know the extent of what happened to her.
She has never been a victim of sexual misconduct.”
Salem said he does not want to make public his financial details, but that he has never used his dental license for any other purpose.
Salemer, who said he would be glad to talk to the woman if he were asked, said that if he did use his dental licenses to perform oral surgery, he would have done so to avoid being sued.
“If I had had dental licenses, I would have never been on the hook for any dental costs,” Salem told The Post.
“I am not the kind of person that would put his hands on a patient who did not have his consent.”
Saleman also said that the woman who filed the lawsuit was not the first person to file a lawsuit against him.
Sales mother, Lisa Saleman, said she believed her son was innocent until proven guilty.
“My son is innocent until he is proven guilty,” Saleman said.
He also said he has no idea why he has been accused.
“It’s my business.
I don’t want my son involved.”
Salema said he is still going to work in the dental industry, even though the allegations against him are troubling.
“That’s my job.
I’m going to do my job, I’m not going to have anybody look at my work,” he said.”
And I’m proud of that, because I’m doing the right thing.”
Salems lawyer said his client was being interviewed for the upcoming trial.
Salemaker, of Portland, said his son is a very honest man who has worked for him for 20 years.
“He is a good person.
He is a great man,” Salemaker said.