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Ligonier Township physician charged with indecent assault of child

Renatta Signorini
| Friday, Oct. 13, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

Police this week arrested a Ligonier Township physician on allegations that he inappropriately touched a child on multiple occasions while the pair watched “Buffy the Vampire Slayer,” according to court papers.

Dr. Roy C. Monsour, 63, is charged with indecent assault and related offenses in connection with incidents alleged to have occurred between 2009 and 2014. He is free on $100,000 unsecured bond.

When reached by phone Friday, Monsour referred a reporter to his attorney, who could not be reached.

Ligonier Township police received a report in March from Child Line about the allegations and conducted a forensic interview with the accuser, who reported that Monsour asked to watch “Buffy” with him, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday.

While they watched the show, the accuser said during a forensic interview that Monsour would place his hand in the child's thigh area for about 45 minutes before the child was allowed to leave, police said.

It was unclear from the criminal complaint the child's gender or age and where the offenses are alleged to have occurred. That information was redacted by staff for District Judge Denise Thiel.

Police did not return a call seeking comment.

Monsour is charged with indecent assault of a person younger than 13, indecent assault, child endangerment and corruption of minors. A Nov. 20 hearing is set.

Monsour has been a licensed physician since 1987, according to state records. His license is active and set to expire in December 2018. It is unclear if he is currently practicing medicine.

He is a member of the family of physicians that started the now-defunct Monsour Medical Center in Jeannette. His father, Dr. Robert Monsour of Ligonier, was one of four brothers who started the once-iconic Route 30 hospital, which was demolished last year.

Roy Monsour was involved in a contentious 2010 lawsuit over his father's weight-loss clinics in the area. Ripepi Management Co. of Pittsburgh, which managed the offices, sued for breach of contract when the Monsours reportedly asked Ripepi to use corporate money to pay the personal expenses of Robert Monsour. Ripepi refused, saying that would violate federal laws.

The case was settled out of court in 2013.

Renatta Signorini is a Tribune-Review staff writer. Reach her at 724-837-5374.

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