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Hall County fires doctor after 'questionable' touching during exams
R. Philip Marler, a doctor at the Hall County Family Health Center, has been fired following accusations of "questionable" touching during exams. - photo by FCN Regional Staff

HALL COUNTY -- The staff physician at a Hall County-run health clinic for employees was fired late last month after allegations of “questionable” touching were reported by more than one female employee.

Hall officials said they relayed the allegations against R. Philip Marler to the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and an inquiry is ongoing.

The accusations, all similar in nature, stem from questionable touching during physical examinations with a stethoscope, according to county officials.

“On Dec. 12, the Hall County Sheriff’s Office requested us to investigate allegations of inappropriate contact by a former medical provider at the Hall County Family Health Center,” said GBI Region 8 Special Agent in Charge Kim Williams.

Officials said they removed Marler from his position to err on the side of caution and protect employees.

Marler did not immediately respond to a call for comment Tuesday afternoon.

The clinic and pharmacy serving county employees opened in January 2015 at 2434 Old Cornelia Highway in Rabbittown.

After retiring from The Longstreet Clinic, Marler was hired by Healthwell Solutions, an independent contractor paid by the county to operate the clinic.