PINE TOWNSHIP (KDKA) — A judge has ordered a local doctor to stand trial.
Dr. Thomas Tyma, of Sewickley, is an arthritis doctor. He is accused of molesting his patients.
According to Northern Regional Police, the assaults happened at Tyma’s office at the Allegheny North Arthritis Center in Pine Township between 2009 and this year.
Tyma’s attorney says the allegations are false and that the touching was just part of a routine examination.
A woman who worked in Tyma’s office during that time sat through all the testimony Friday morning. She says there’s no way these assaults could have occurred.
“He’s a wonderful person. He’s a caring, loving family man, him and his wife are like very close individuals, I mean, he’s just a nice person,” Margie Slagel, a former employee, said. “He’s just a really good doctor and he really cares about his patients and this is just unreal, it’s absolutely unreal after sitting there listening to it.”
Tyma will stand trial on several counts of indecent assault. He will remain free on bond, but he is not seeing any more patients at this time.