A Columbia-area pharmacist was arrested after a customer told deputies she was sexually assaulted.
Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said Prabir Kumar Saha, 42, was arrested June 5 and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
"It's a horrible situation when you're going to a person that you trust to give you the medication that you need so that you can take care of the things that you need to do and then that person, in turn, takes advantage of you," said Sgt. Curtis Wilson with the Richland County Sheriff's Department.
Wilson said a 17-year-old girl went to the pharmacy to fill a prescription.
When the girl went to the store's bathroom to apply the medicine, Saha followed her in and sexually assaulted her, Wilson said.
"She went home, told her parents, and immediately, they called law enforcement," Wilson said. "We were able to talk to her about his incident and then, of course, question the suspect and arrest him as well."
WIS found a LinkedIn account registered to a Prabir Kumar Saha in Columbia.
It brings up a photo, a man in a Rite Aid lab coat and says he's the pharmacy manager; employed there since 2007.
Wilson said they don't yet know if Saha was under the influence at the time of the assault.
"You're talking about a pharmacist who's there to help serve you and to make sure to take care of your needs," Wilson said. "But not in a way that he was thinking and what he did. His actions were wrong. Just horrible."
Wilson said deputies will be at Saha's bond hearing to ask for no bond.
He said they'll also continue to comfort the young victim and look for others.
"If it happened to this particular victim, then, it's possible that there are some additional victims out there, and we'd like to help assist those victims no matter the time frame that it happened," Wilson said. "You know, what's important is that we get you the proper care and the assistance that you need."
We reached out to the Rite Aid who said they are "fully cooperating with the authorities on this matter."
If you or anyone you know may have been a victim of Saha, you are asked to contact the sheriff's department.
Sunday, August 31 2014 3:31 PM EDT2014-08-31 19:31:29 GMT
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