Darlington Hart is an internist with Cornerstone Medical. The practice operates facilities both in Charlotte and Rock Hill. According to Rock Hill Police, an employee accused Mr. Hart of raping her at the practices' Rock Hill facility the week of May 9.
Mr. Hart's attorney apparently arranged a meeting with local Police, but Mr. Hart did not appear. Rock Hill Police later discover he boarded a flight to London, England. English authorities were unable to arrest Mr. Hart upon his arrival when the plane landed.
According the South Carolina database, Mr. Hart has no prior criminal record. He faces charges of third-degree criminal sexual misconduct.
The case is a very interesting matter. Given the seriousness of these allegations, it raises significant concerns from an employment law perspective. However, the matter also raises a plethora of issues from a criminal law perspective. It's unclear what evidence exists regarding the alleged incident. However, Mr. Hart has apparently fled the country, which will present obvious problems for the defense.
I would welcome any thoughts regarding this case which is pending in our community. If you are the victim of such an occurrence, it is important that you promptly notify the authorities and seek medical attention. It is also important to speak with a qualified Charlotte personal injury attorney regarding any potential legal recourse. On the other hand, if you are charged in a criminal matter, it is equally important that you seek the immediate assistance of a Charlotte criminal attorney to guide you through the legal process.