A doctor who works at Boulder Community Hospital is scheduled to stand trial on misdemeanor assault charges in December after two female hospital employees said he grabbed them around their necks in June.

Niles Utlaut, 63, is charged with one count of third-degree assault -- a Class 1 misdemeanor -- and is scheduled for trial Dec. 10 after entering a plea of not guilty on Friday.

According to a police report, on June 4 two employees at the Boulder Community Hospital's Balsam campus called Boulder police to report they were assaulted by Utlaut.

The women told police that on June 3 at 5 p.m., they were leaving the medical records department when Utlaut came up behind them and put his arms around their necks in a tight grip and pulled their heads toward his chest.

As Utlaut was holding them, the women said he was also holding three pink slips -- delinquency notices given to doctors when they fail to complete the required forms for patient care.

While holding the slips, the women said Utlaut stated, "No, no, no, you don't, you are going to take care of these reports. I am not going to talk to you anymore about this." The two women told Utlaut they did not have the authority to change the slips.

According to the report, Utlaut then asked them to let him into the office of the person who did, saying "If you don't want me yelling at you, let me into (her) office... I am a busy man and don't have time for this."

The women let him into the office and he released them.

Rich Sheehan, a spokesman for Boulder Community Hospital, said Utlaut is on the medical staff as an ophthalmologist at the hospital but is not an employee of the hospital. An internal investigation into the incident was conducted, but Sheehan said the findings of the investigation would not be released.

Utlaut was issued a summons on June 18 after the women decided to press charges. He could not be reached for comment Tuesday.

Contact Camera Staff Writer Mitchell Byars at 303-473-1329, byarsm@dailycamera.com or twitter.com/mitchellbyars.