State Sen. John Bizon faces a misdemeanor assault cost in Barry County associated to an August incident in Marshall.
The cost towards the Battle Creek Republican, first reported by the Lansing State Journal, pertains to allegations that he inappropriately touched a well being care employee at Oaklawn After Hours Categorical throughout an Aug. 14 appointment.
Martin Crandall, an legal professional for Bizon, declined remark.
Bizon examined constructive for COVID-19 across the identical day of his go to, in accordance with the police report. It isn’t clear whether or not he was on the clinic for COVID-19 or for another ailment as a consequence of redactions within the police report.
A 52-year-old nurse practitioner informed police Bizon on the Aug. 14 appointment positioned his hand on her waist, pulled her towards him and squeezed her hip in an examination room whereas they had been discussing drugs, in accordance with a police report. The nurse practitioner stated Bizon was carrying a State of Michigan facemask when she initially noticed him outdoors the workplace.
When police requested the nurse if she informed the lawmaker “no” or “cease,” she stated “she was shocked and did not say something at the moment,” in accordance to the report.
She stated Bizon additionally argued together with her over the medicine she really useful and her refusal to prescribe one other. She informed police he appeared “disenchanted” and “visibly offended” when she refused to prescribe a distinct medicine.
A medical assistant additionally informed police that Bizon grabbed her arm as she was taking his vitals and stated his “blood strain is up as a result of she was within the room,” in accordance with the report. The assistant stated she did not take offense as a result of “older males wish to flirt with youthful ladies.”
Bizon informed the workplace’s employees that he was a senator and that Oaklawn President Gregg Beeg had despatched him to the clinic for care, a medical secretary stated, in accordance to the report.
When police requested him to return in for an interview Aug. 18, Bizon stated he’d examined constructive for COVID-19 and had began his quarantine Aug. 14. He later obtained an legal professional and supplied a press release that was not included within the police report.
Bizon’s case, first filed Oct. 25 in Calhoun County, was assigned to a particular prosecutor within the Barry County prosecutor’s workplace earlier this month, in accordance with court docket data. He’s scheduled for arraignment Jan. 19.
Bizon, an ear, nostril and throat physician, is a previous president of the Michigan State Medical Society and the Calhoun County Medical Society.
Within the Senate, he chairs the Households, Seniors and Veterans Committee and serves on the Oversight, Well being Coverage and Human Providers and Vitality and Know-how committees.
He was elected to the Senate in 2018 after serving 4 years within the Michigan Home.