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Plover woman files malpractice lawsuit against accused doctor

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STEVENS POINT (WAOW) - A Plover woman has filed a medical malpractice lawsuit, naming a former Plover doctor accused of sexual misconduct with patients and Ministry Health Care as defendants.

It's the newest development involving Dr. Wilton Calderon of Old Lyme, Ct., who was accused a year ago with unwanted sexual contact with seven female patients.

Calderon is charged with four counts of felony third-degree sexual assault and six counts of fourth-degree sexual assault, a misdemeanor. He is to return to court Feb. 17 for a plea hearing.

Prosecutors accuse Calderon of assaults that took place from 2011 to 2014 while Calderon, now 46, was a doctor at Plover Family Practice, which is owned by Ministry Health Care. Calderon left Ministry Medical Group in 2014, a spokesman has said.

The civil lawsuit, filed Nov. 16 by Sarah Rusch, also names Proassurance Casualty Co. of Birmingham, Ala., and Ministry Medical Group of Milwaukee as defendants.

The negligence lawsuit seeks unspecified damages in a jury trial.

According to the lawsuit, Calderon inappropriately touched Rusch in a patient examining room in January and June 2014 for his "sexual gratification." That came after his employers were told by other patients in 2009 and 2010 that the doctor had "sexually assaulted the patients without their consent."

The defendants were "negligent and reckless" in failing to protect patients, the lawsuit alleges.

In the criminal case, the seven women ranged in age from 32 to 54 and they reported sexual incidents during a treatment called "manipulations" on an exam table, the criminal complaint said.

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