Lincoln police to lodge more charges against dentist accused of sex assault; dental license suspended

a person sitting in a chair: John Begg (Lincoln police photo)

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John Begg (Lincoln police photo)

A Lincoln dentist who was arrested Sept. 10 on charges he sexually assaulted a patient faces more charges, according to the Lincoln Police Department.

The police have received additional complaints against John F. Begg, 85, and are charging him with two additional counts of second-degree sexual assault, according to police Capt. Philip Gould.

Meanwhile, the Rhode Island Department of Health has suspended Begg’s license, according to a spokesman.


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The Police Department received the complaints after it issued a news release Thursday on Begg’s arrest on a charge of sexual assault. That charge was lodged after a 68-year-old patient accused the dentist of groping her during an office visit on Aug. 31. The victim was not anesthetized, according to Gould.

Begg lives in Newport but owns and operates a dental practice at 246 Front St. in Lincoln, according to the police. Gould says he’s been told Begg has practiced in the town for about 40 years.

After receiving the initial complaint, Lincoln detectives contacted Begg, who turned himself in on Sept. 10. He was arraigned on the sexual assault charge and released on personal recognizance, according to the police.

In April 2012, the Health Department ordered Begg to close his practice after an inspection found it failed to conform to “the minimal standards of acceptable and prevailing dental practice,” according to Health Department records.

An inspection found the premises were “disorderly and disheveled,” and that “instruments were stored in an unsterile manner.” It found expired drugs in an emergency kit, irrigation hoses sealed with Scotch tape and biohazardous material that wasn’t properly contained and/or disposed. He was also administering nitrous oxide without a license.

Begg was allowed to reopen in June after a followup inspection found the office in compliance.

The police ask anyone with additional information regarding the case to contact Detective Sean Gorman at (401) 333-1111.

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