Prominent St. Petersburg doctor Michael Reilly in a statement Tuesday denied allegations of sexual abuse that led to his firing as team physician of the Tampa Bay Rays. He resigned a similar post at St. Petersburg Catholic High School.
The Rays took action after viewing a video posted on YouTube by a St. Petersburg woman that alleged Reilly touched her inappropriately and tried to kiss her while she was a teenager working in his St. Petersburg office.
Reilly denied the allegations of sexual abuse but admitted to what he called a consensual relationship when the woman was an adult, in a statement issued by his lawyer. Reilly also said he was "deeply troubled" by the allegations, considered the tarnishing of his reputation "disturbing" and was consulting with counsel.
Reilly, in the statement forwarded by attorney Cathleen Bell Bremmer, said:
"I recently watched the YouTube video. While I am deeply troubled by the allegations made, I am sympathetic to the pain she has expressed.
"I deny her allegations of sexual abuse. We did, however, have a consensual relationship when she was an adult, which I regret.
"I've dedicated my life to medicine and making our community a better place to live, so having my reputation tarnished in this manner is disturbing.
"The video has already had serious repercussions for me and my family. As a result, I am consulting with legal counsel, and I am not in a position to say anything further at this time.
"In the meantime I ask that you allow my family and me our privacy as the process plays out.''