Denver-area pediatrician accused of inappropriate touching

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LITTLETON, Colo. — The medical license of a Littleton pediatrician was suspended Tuesday after a review of allegations claiming he illegally touched one of his teenage patients.

Dr. Michael Brazelton had been practicing medicine in Colorado for more than 25 years. Until Tuesday, Brazelton was practicing at Healthy Habits Pediatrics in Littleton.

Brazelton unnecessarily touched a teenage patient’s genitals without gloves, according to legal documents from the Colorado Medical Board. The state said the patient was being seen by Brazelton for symptoms of a cold.

According to state records, Brazelton is employed by Pediatrics West in Littleton. But Pediatrics West said Brazelton was fired in 2011.

He currently shares an office location with other doctors at Healthy Habits Pediatrics, where staffers said Wednesday they had no comment about the allegations against Brazelton.

Calls to Brazelton’s Littleton home were not returned as of late Wednesday.

Legal documents show the panel of state officials that suspended Brazelton’s license reviewed his previous disciplinary history. Past cases were not readily available.

On Wednesday, the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said it was aware of the allegations, but that a formal criminal investigation had not been launched.

But on Thursday, spokesman Mark Techmeyer said a teenage boy’s mother reported the alleged unnecessary touching to investigators on May 9. She reported the incident happened April 22.

A criminal investigation into the allegations is still open, but there’s not enough probable cause to arrest Brazelton or recommend criminal charges to the Jefferson County District Attorney, Techmeyer said.

Brazelton is affiliated with Children’s Hospital Colorado in Aurora and Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge.

Parents who believe their children might have been targeted should contact the Colorado Medical Board.