CEDAR RAPIDS — A doctor who practices in Cedar Rapids is accused of indecent contact with a child after police say he touched the chest of a 14-year-old houseguest while she was pretending to be asleep.
According to a complaint from Iowa City police, Thomas L. Warren Jr., 44, stood over the girl while she was pretending to be asleep and touched her breast over her clothing on March 10. The girl told police Warren then tried to remove her tank top, at which point she rolled over, causing him to leave the area.
The girl told police she texted her father to come pick her up, but he was asleep and did not receive the message. Warren’s wife then took the girl home, complaints said.
The report said the girl’s parents woke up when she came home, and she looked visibly upset and told them that Warren had touched her.
Warren told police he was adjusting the blankets on the girl, adding that it was the first time he had ever tucked her in, according to complaints.
Formerly an employee at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics, Warren is now employed at the Iowa Blood and Cancer Center in Cedar Rapids and the Physicians’ Clinic of Iowa.
The center did not immediately return a call seeking comment.
In a statement, PCI Marketing and Outreach Coordinator Michelle Luty said, “We take this allegation very seriously and will cooperate fully with the investigative authorities to the extent needed.”
Indecent contact with a child is an aggravated misdemeanor that’s punishable by up to two years in jail and a maximum fine of $6,250.