Local dentist charged with child molestation

March 4, 2011

By Tim Pfarr

Newcastle resident and dentist Gil Furman was charged in January with one count of second-degree child molestation and two counts of third-degree child molestation.

Furman allegedly molested a teenage girl for two and a half years beginning when the girl was 13 and ending when she was 15, according to charging documents.

Furman — who is married with children — was 35 when the alleged molestation began.

Furman was arrested and arraigned Jan. 25, and he pleaded not guilty. He was given conditional release and a no-contact order with the girl.

A case setting hearing is scheduled for March 22 in King County Superior Court.

If Furman is convicted on all counts, he will face a sentence between about four and a half years and 10 years in prison, according to the King County Prosecutor’s Office.

The girl reported the situation to a school adviser in November, according to charging documents.

The alleged molestation occurred weekly, and Furman allegedly pushed the girl to a wall and kissed and groped her, sometimes under her clothes but over her underwear.

She said that happened more than 50 times, usually with others nearby but out of sight.

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