More information has been released about a former Rome, Harbin Clinic surgeon, accused of raping a woman in Athens, Georgia.
Athens-Clarke Police say that Dr. Zachary Forrest Solomon, age thirty-four of Rome, is accused of attacking the victim in a violent assault in which the woman’s eardrum was ruptured, according to Athens-Clarke police.
The assault is alleged to have occurred between 1-3 AM on October 13 in an apartment in Athens.
Online Athens reports that Solomon is charged with rape, aggravated sodomy, aggravated assault by strangulation, aggravated battery and battery. He was arrested Oct. 16, denied bond the next day and remains in the Clarke County Jail. Warrants allege that Solomon strangled the 27-year-old victim to the point she could not breathe and hit her on the side of the head so hard that it caused her eardrum to rupture. He is also alleged to have hit her head and face with open hands and closed fists.
Police said Monday this was “not a stranger on stranger” crime, but would not say how Solomon knew the woman.
Solomon, a cardiac surgeon, joined the Harbin Clinic in Rome in February. The Clinic issued a statement last week that he no longer works there as he has “tendered his resignation,” according to the Rome News-Tribune.