You might find it hard to believe that the dentist to whom you entrusted your kids has a criminal record, and not just for traffic violations. We certainly did.
Damian Newhart Arrested for Bank Robbery
Suspected as the so-called “Rolled Sleeve Bandit”, Damian Newhart was arrested on suspicion of bank robbery on Thursday, January 29, 2015. Full details can be found in this Orange County Register article. The Daily Pilot also had coverage of the story.
Dr. Newhart Sentenced for Felony Conviction
On July 18, 2014, a sentencing hearing was held for Dr. Damien Newhart. In exchange for his guilty plea to one count of Forging or Altering Prescriptions, he was sentenced to 90 days in jail and 5 years probation.
Dr. Newhart Pleads Guilt to Felony – Sentencing July 18
On March 24, 2014, Dr. Newhart was arraigned on 45 counts of felony forging or altering prescriptions, and pled guilty to one of them. The Orange County Superior Court case number is 13CF3828. A sentencing hearing is scheduled for July 18, 2014. At that same time, a hearing on revocation or reset of his probation from his prior Grand Theft conviction will also be held.
Grand Theft Conviction
On January 24, 2012, Dr. Newhart was convicted of Grand Theft and was sentenced to 3 years probation, community service, and a contribution to the Victim Witness Emergency Fund.
On July 17, 2012 he was arraigned for violation of that probation, and on March 20, 2013, his sentence was modified to add 10 days jail time. This probably wasn’t actual time in the slammer. It was more likely some form of house arrest.
You can research this information yourself online. The criminal case number is 10SF1077.
According to the Orange County District Attorney’s office on March 21, 2013, an investigator from the Dental Board of California is following up on at least 13 individual complaint filings. Should he determine that there has been criminal wrongdoing, he will refer cases to the District Attorney’s office. Thus, it is very important to file complaints with the Dental Board. More on how to do that here.
What You Can Do
If you have reason to believe that Dr. Newhart has committed a crime (e.g. fraud by misrepresenting your appliance as being Invisalign when it wasn’t) or has otherwise violated his probation, you can report the probation violation to the Probation Violator Hotline at (888) 296-3389. You should also file a report with the Dental Board of California.
Also, if you believe that a crime has been committed, you can file a report with the Orange County Sheriff by calling (949) 770-6011. They will dispatch an officer to take your statement and file a report.