Sunday, September 23, 2007

Ex-official faces sex-crimes trial

September 23, 2007


George Gant, Kissimmee ex-mayor and former medical director of the Osceola County Health Department, hopes to clear his name of felony sex crimes when a jury trial begins this week.

Two years ago, Gant was charged with two counts of sexual battery in connection with gynecological exams he administered as a physician, officials said.

He was accused of improperly touching two women while performing exams.

Gant, 74, has pleaded not guilty.

After the charges were filed, he was relieved of his duties as Kissimmee mayor by then-Gov. Jeb Bush.

Then, the state Department of Health suspended Gant's medical license after an internal investigation turned up a list of accusations against the doctor during his 25-year career.

Mike Lafferty, Erika Hobbs, Adrian G. Uribarri, Tanya Caldwell, Elaine Aradillas and Christopher Sherman of the Sentinel staff contributed to this report. Information from the Associated Press also was used.

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