Crime & Courts

Children’s hospital doctor sexually abused 11-year-old patient daily, Columbia police say

David Thomas Randolph was charged with assault and battery.
David Thomas Randolph was charged with assault and battery. Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center

A doctor at a Richland County children’s hospital was arrested on charges that he sexually abused a boy who was his patient, the Columbia Police Department said.

The abuse occurred on a daily basis, from May 20-25, police said Thursday in a news release.

David Thomas Randolph, a 28-year-old senior pediatric resident at Prisma Health Children’s Hospital, repeatedly touched an 11-year-old patient’s genitals during the boy’s stay, according to the news release.

An investigation showed the boy’s medical condition did not require the daily genital examination, police said.

Hospital officials said the abuse was reported to the police as soon as they were informed by the child’s family, according to a news release.

Randolph has been placed on administrative leave, hospital officials said.

“We are saddened to hear of this allegation in a place of healing,” Prisma Health Richland Hospital chief operating executive Jay Hamm said in the news release. “Our first concern is ensuring our patients, visitors, team members, and guests are in the safest environment while they receive and provide quality health care.”

Randolph was taken to the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center and charged with second-degree assault and battery, according to the release.

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After his bond was set at $50,000, Randolph was released from the Richland County jail, police said.

If convicted, the maximum punishment Randolph would face under South Carolina law would be three years in prison and a $2,500 fine, according to David Aylor Law Offices.

Anyone with information on this incident, or similar incidents, is asked to to report it to CrimeStoppers at 888-CRIME-SC or submit an online tip.

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) statistics show that more than 700,000 children are referred to child protective agencies as a result of abuse or neglect in the U.S. each year. According to Purva Grover, M.D., a pediatric eme

Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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