A 36-year-old dental assistant who worked at offices in Bellflower and Rosemead remained in custody today on suspicion of molesting a 15-year-old girl during dental visits over the past six months.
Saul Robles, who is due at the Rio Hondo courthouse in El Monte on April 5, was arrested at work March 5 and is being held at the Men’s Central Jail in Los Angeles in lieu of $320,000 bail, according to sheriff’s records.
He worked at SmileCare Dental, which has offices in Bellflower and Rosemead, over the past four years and has been a dental hygienist in the Los Angeles area for the past six years, according to the sheriff’s department.
The teen told her parents of the alleged abuse, and they contacted authorities.
A statement released today by SmileCare said the company was informed of the allegations against Robles by the sheriff’s department.
“Prior to being notified by law enforcement, SmileCare had no knowledge of the allegations and is cooperating fully with authorities,” the statement says. “We regard our patients’ rights to privacy and professionalism as fundamental. We will continue to cooperate with law enforcement in its investigation.”
Detectives asked for the public’s help in finding other possible victims.
Anyone with information relevant to the case was urged to call the sheriff’s Special Victims Bureau at 877-710-5273.