John O’Brien of Everett Washington Arrested for Child Molesting and Child Porn – Formerly of North Carolina

John O'Brien-Everett-Washington-Snohomish County-North Carolina

A 33-year-old Snohomish County eye doctor is in jail for allegedly molesting a 10-year-old girl who was in his office for an eye examination, Everett police said.

Now, police fear the same doctor molested others, and there are more victims.

Police arrested the optometrist, John O’Brien, at his office in the 3700 block of Broadway Avenue on Tuesday, police spokesman Aaron Snell said. O’Brien will likely face charges of child molestation, sexual exploitation of a minor and possession of child pornography.

Police said the 10-year-old girl and her father went to O’Brien’s office Aug. 20 for a routine eye examination. An initial examination took place with both father and daughter in the room. But, on a follow-up examination, O’Brien told the girl’s dad he wasn’t needed in the examination room.

While the father waited in the waiting room, O’Brien allegedly led the girl into an examination room and requested she take off her shirt and pants, police said. The doctor then sexually assaulted her and took pictures with his cell phone, police said.

The girl later told her parents, and she was taken to a local hospital for a forensic examination.

“His actions physically and sexually assaulting a 10-year-old female were extremely bold and I would call them predatory,” said Andrew Alsdorf, deputy Snohomish County prosecutor.

Police originally took O’Brien into custody on Sept. 11, but had to let him go until officers could gather more evidence. He was again arrested Tuesday after a search warrant allowed for his phone to be seized.

Explicit images of the victim were allegedly found on O’Brien’s phone, police said.

Police believe O’Brien could have sexually assaulted additional patients, and encourage anyone else who has been assaulted to come forward.

“We would be shocked if we end up learning that this is the only victim that this has ever happened to,” said Alsdorf.

O’Brien moved to the area two months ago from North Carolina, police said.

He was arraigned Wednesday and ordered held in jail in lieu of $750,000 bail.

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