Local man denies sex assault charges
EAGLE, Colorado – A local homeopath denied that he sexually assaulted a teenage patient, saying he touched her only in ways a medical professional was supposed to.
Alfred Bamberger is on trial for allegedly sexually assaulting a minor by a person in a position of trust.
Bamberger is one of several medical professionals his accuser saw, seeking help with her eczema.
The alleged victim testified earlier this week that he had her disrobe and lie on her back on a massage table, while he rubbed cream on her, including her breast and buttocks.
In testimony Friday afternoon he denied doing anything wrong.
Bamberger said he had to apply the ointment because she couldn’t reach areas herself, he said. She could not completely stretch her arms or legs without the sores tearing open and bleeding, he said.
“Did you apply any ointment to her breasts?” asked his attorney Patrick Ridley.
“No. It wasn’t necessary. She could reach that herself,” Bamberger said.
He did apply it to her buttocks, because she could not, he testified.
“Was there any time with her that you were sexually aroused?” Ridley asked.
“No,” Bamberger answered.
He had no sexual intent, and he did nothing that was not in keeping with medical practice, he said.
“Was there anything about that of a sexual nature?” Ridley asked.
“No. Under no circumstances is there anything of a sexual nature in my practice. And when you have a young lady laying there, bleeding, oozing, anyone with any sexual thoughts is a sicko,” Bamberger said.
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The differences in perspective between Bamberger and the alleged victim and her family began with their first visit, Dec. 7, 2010.
“The child was covered from head to toe with eczema,” Bamberger testified Friday.
Not true, the alleged victim and her family testified earlier this week.
They testified that she had some isolated spots, that she wanted them gone by summer, and that her eczema didn’t worsen until Bamberger began treating her.
The alleged victim modeled in a bikini in a fashion show three days before her first meeting with Bamberger, and showed no signs of eczema, her mother testified.
Bamberger said he suggested she wear loose clothing like sweats. They would take off one part of her clothing, then another.
“Was there ever a time when she was completely naked in front you?” Ridley asked.
“No, not that I know of,” Bamberger said.
They used some visualization and meditation, trying to get her see a place she enjoyed, Bamberger said. She visualized a beach, he said, and he started the audio portion.
“I make her hear the waves, the wind in the palm trees, the birds, whatever it may be,” he said.
She was dressed and they only did it twice, Bamberger said.
The alleged victim testified that they tried to meditation/visualization at least six times.
“It didn’t work for her. I think with the pain she had and being upset about this whole thing,” he said.
They broke off treatments when the family raised concerns about Bamberger’s alleged actions, he said.
“I couldn’t believe it,” Bamberger said.
When detectives came to his office after the allegations first arose, he gave them the run of the place, he said.
“I had nothing to hide,” he said.
Ridley let the jury know about Bamberger’s previous run-in with the law.
Bamberger worked in Ohio with Blue Cross/Blue Shield and was convicted on six counts of mail fraud. He spent 10 months in jail.
“That was the darkest part of my life. We did something unethical. We had material printed and had the company pay for it,” Bamberger said.
In jail he decided to pursue alternative medicine, he said.
Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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