A Kentucky doctor was criminally charged Tuesday for allegedly assaulting a teen girl for not adhering to social distancing guidelines.
John Rademaker, 57, was charged with first-degree strangulation and harassment with physical contact for an alleged incident that occurred on April 3 in Louisville. The Courier Jornal reported that Rademaker was filmed confronting a group before shoving three teen girls and grabbing the neck of an 18-year-old as she argued with a woman accompanying Rademaker.
“Get off of her!” someone is heard screaming as Rademaker appears to assault the teen. “Seriously get off of her.”
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Witnesses told the Courier Journal that Rademaker and the woman left the scene following the altercation. Medical personnel checked the injured 18-year-old at the scene but she didn’t hospitalization.
Witnesses claimed Rademaker and the woman confronted a group of nine teens who were watching the sunset the Norton Commons amphitheater. It was reportedly then when a verbal argument about social distancing turned physical.
While authorities didn’t say whether Rademaker is a doctor, Southern Indiana Anesthesia Consultants reportedly placed him on administrative leave. A spokesperson for Baptist Health, where Rademaker is a contracted employee, told WDRB that he was placed on administrative leave as they investigate.
Rademaker was released from custody on his own recognizance. An arraignment is scheduled for May 8.
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