Dentist Charged For Sexual Misconduct

By: News 10
By: News 10

LANSING - A local dentist is charged with sexual misconduct Monday morning.
Following a 6-week investigation, Lansing Police charge 64-year-old Wendell Alan Racette with molesting a boy between 1995 and 2000. The victim, who was a patient of Racette, is now 20 years old.
The dentist is charged with 4 counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, and 4 counts of second-degree criminal sexual misconduct.
Racette turned himself in to Lansing Police this morning; he knew he was being accused.
Police believe there are additional victims, and are asking themselves to contact police. 483-7600


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  • by From Okemos Location: NYC on May 18, 2012 at 09:56 AM
    I really thought he'd be burning in Hell by now. I too was a patient in the 70s. I must have been about 4 and have vivid memories of him screaming and shaking kids. I still go to the dentist now far less than I should.
  • by Kathy Location: Lansing Mi on Mar 31, 2011 at 04:58 PM
    My brother and I both was a patient of Dr. Racette from around 1977 till I was about 21 (age 5-20). I remember having to sit a couple times in his little room he had on a bench. My brother and I both had sat in there a few times. I remember hearing other kids crying and being put in that room and the door shut. I also remember at one point hearing a child crying really loud and him going in there and shutting the door behind him. I to have a fear in dentists cause of him. As I read on another post I to remember parents NOT allowed in the back or during any exam or surgery. All the years I went I don't recall one parent ever being back there. I went once a month for years.
  • by angie Location: saginaw on Jan 26, 2011 at 07:09 AM
    I was a patient of Dr.Racette from 1978 to 1980 or so, I was 4-6 years of age. I can tell you right now the man was no saint then the physical and sexual abuse happened then as it did for others. My parents were never allowed in the exam room or in the surgical room. When ever I would begin to cry I was smacked and told if I didn't stop crying he would smack me again. An assistant was only ever present once when he hit me and she told him I was scared.It was not just physical abuse. Normally he would send the assistant out of the room with in the first few minutes of being in the exam room leaving just me and him. Because of this one dentist I have been afraid of all dentists for 30 years and that fear will never go away.
  • by Brandi Location: St.Johns on Jan 25, 2011 at 07:33 PM
    I was a patient of Dr. Racette's office in the 80's. My experience was something a child should ever experience. I remember Dr. Racette putting his hand over my nose and mouth to quiet me so I didn't make noise, I couldn't breath and tears streamed down my cheeks. He shut me in the only room that closed off from everyone until I could quiet down enough to meet with him and my mom in his office.
    He drilled my teeth every visit without pain medication, left my braces on for over 5 years without aligning my teeth correctly and damaged my molars. I know for sure he was a horrible dentist for children
    and flirted with his assistant in front
    of me.
  • by Renee Location: Gratiot County on Jan 25, 2011 at 05:26 PM
    My daughter was a patient of Dr Racette for many years and we are hoping that these charges are false. He was a caring, gracious man when my daughter was seeing him for multiple oral problems that he came highly recommended for.
  • by Former Patient Location: Lansing on Jan 25, 2011 at 07:20 AM
    I was a patient of Dr Racette's in the early 90's, and while I don't have anything to personally say I believe these alligations are true, I wouldn't be suprised if they were. I never liked him (and not just because he was a dentist) and I begged my parents to take me somewhere else. While most dentists have assistants, I specifically remember several occasions where there was no assistant when I was being worked on. Even if these charges are false, he was always a horrible man to me and my parents, and I've had many problems with my teeth BECAUSE of the work he did. Despite specializing in children's dentistry, he never seemed to like kids, and I was horrified of him. Once, I saw a girl getting something done and she was whinning about it (because there was only 2 rooms). I got scared (I was 5 or 6)and was shut in an exam room alone with a couple books so I wouldn't get the other kids freaked out. This man knows nothing about children and you couldn't pay me to take my child to him.
  • by Former Patient Location: Lansing on Jan 25, 2011 at 05:40 AM
    I went to doctor Racette's practice from mid 80's to the late 90's. What I find interesting about this case is the time period. During the mid to late 90's the doctor actually had an assistant with him. He once told me that she was there to make sure that these type of incidents didn't happen and that he would be protected from such allegations. Having spent quite a lot of time with the doctor, I can say that I do not believe these allegations. I think that if you listen to his story about the fraud, you will discover that many dentists violate these same laws. My family never had any issues with the dentist and my teeth were never found to have any problems, I had orthodontics with him and had to see him once a month for most of my adolescent life.
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