BOULDER — A Boulder Community Hospital doctor accused of putting co-workers in choke-holds has been acquitted.

Dr. Niles Utlaut was found not guilty of assault and harassment Wednesday by a six-person jury.

Two former Boulder Community Hospital employees testified that Utlaut put his arms around their heads and grabbed them last summer at the hospital's campus.

According to the Boulder Daily Camera (http://tinyurl.com/lzthn88 ), Utlaut's attorney said the doctor never put anyone in a choke-hold and any contact was accidental as a result of the three people working in a small space.

The women told police 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 ordered them to finish paperwork before they left the office.