BOSTON—Prosecutors say they cannot press rape charges against a pharmacist who allegedly posed as a gynecologist and examined two women because of a half-century old state law that says an assault can't be considered rape if consent is obtained through fraud or deceit.
Police charged pharmacist Nicholas Creanza with rape after he allegedly lured the women into the back room of his Springfield pharmacy and gave them exams. Because the women consented to the exams, even though they were being deceived, by law it could not be considered rape, Hampden County prosecutors said in dropping the charges.Creanza was arrested in 2005 after two women told police he assaulted them at the Louis & Clark pharmacy in Springfield.
From the Louis & Clark website:
Louis & Clark has actively anticipated and responded to the health care needs of the people of our region for nearly forty years, bringing it to its current status as the region’s premier independent pharmacy and health care solutions provider, with eight vibrant locations and an unmatched array of services.
I can't argue with them there. Fake gynecological exams by creepy pervs who aren't doctors would definitely be a health care solution unmatched by any pharmacy in the country. I hope.
Louis & Clark also has a button at the top of their website that reads "Get in Touch." I was afraid to click on it.
Thanks to the alert reader who sent me the story.