NIU VALLEY, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A long time doctor has been arrested on nine counts of sexual assault on female patients. Other patients and the communities he served were shocked to hear that Dr. Donald Nicol was even being investigated.
Dr. Donald Nicol has been practicing medicine more than 30 years. He has two offices, one in Niu Valley. The other in Kahaluu. We were told his wife called to tell his assistant to cancel all appointments today.
The 73 year old is accused of nine counts of sexual assault. Police say the women are 19 and 21 years old. A source says they are sisters who have been patients of Dr. Nicol for years.
We spoke with several other patients today including one woman who was seen by him three times since January.
"When I went for my stomach he didn't really tell me to take anything off. He just checked my stomach to make sure everything was okay. No clothes were taken off. No inappropriate touching," said Sandy Matias, a patient of Dr. Nicol.
Dr. Nicol is a general practitioner. He isn't performing surgeries at the clinics and patients we spoke to don't believe he uses sedatives that put people out.
"He's always been very professional with me so to hear this is very shocking," said Matias.
He was arrested yesterday morning at the Kahaluu Clinic. His Tesla was still parked out front. A neighbor says he's made a positive impact on the community and defended him.
We do know he has had complaints in the past. In 2010 he had a compliant with the state although he was not punished. A source says that case has now been reopened.
Also In 1990 there was a family abuse case. In 1984 he was accused of negligence. In 1979 there were two counts of sexual abuse and one harassment case. However court records don't go back that far so it's unclear if he was convicted.
Dr. Nicol remained in police custody as of late Thursday afternoon.