A Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office investigative report said two people told police that Jacksonville Dr. Manpreet Grewal admitted to them that it was his phone found in a women’s bathroom.
Action News Jax broke the story in June that Grewal resigned in May amid accusations he secretly recorded employees on the toilet.
Grewal practiced in an office that North Florida Surgeons rents on the third floor of the Joe Adams Building at St. Vincent’s Southpoint.
A JSO supplemental report that Action News Jax got through a public records request reveals new details about the investigation.
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The report said another North Florida Surgeons doctor told JSO he found a phone under the sink in the employee bathroom, facing “across from the toilet and there was just enough space between the cabinet doors to capture an image.”
The report said an office manager told JSO that Grewal took the phone out of her hand.
The JSO report said both that office manager and the doctor who found the phone told police Grewal “admitted that it was his phone and stated that he had made a great mistake.”
The report said the physician who found the phone told JSO that Grewal told him he destroyed his phone by placing it in Coca-Cola and then throwing it in a dumpster.
“You have witnesses and you have some level of evidence – even if it’s testimony – of destruction of evidence,” said attorney John Phillips, who is representing a former employee who reported Grewal to police.
The JSO report’s evidence log shows there is no physical evidence.
“If that were the standard, that you could get off of any crime by destroying the physical evidence, then there would be no charges for murder,” said Phillips.
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Grewal’s attorney Rick Ramsey called the accusations in the JSO supplemental report “rubbish.”
Ramsey would not answer Action News Jax’s questions.
The State Attorney’s Office spokesperson said the attorney handling Grewal’s case is still investigating and has not decided yet whether to press charges.
The JSO supplemental report said the officer manager told police she and her daughter resigned because she was upset by the way the business handled the situation.
North Florida Surgeons’ attorney Rick Reznicsek said the business did not contact police. Instead, they called in a private investigator, who found no recording devices.
In June, Reznicsek denied that Grewal admitted to anyone on staff that he secretly recorded people.
Earlier this month, a Florida Department of Health Medical Quality Assurance Investigator told Action News Jax the agency is investigating Grewal.
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