Two Patients Accuse Physician of Sexual Misconduct
A Florida doctor is giving up his medical license to avoid criminal prosecution, after two female patients accused him of sexual misconduct during their treatment.
Based on reports filed by the South Daytona police, two women accused the 63-year-old physician of groping them during physical examinations. One woman testified that he insisted on a breast exam during an unrelated procedure, and then “kissed her on the mouth.”
The doctor was charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery, but he has petitioned to have the criminal charges dropped under a deferred prosecution agreement. He will have to surrender his medical license and agree to have no further contact with his victims.
The plea agreement also requires the physician to complete 50 hours of community service and undergo a psychosexual evaluation. Once these provisions are fulfilled, the criminal charges will be dropped.
Healthcare workers have a responsibility to act professionally and with compassion while treating patients. Inappropriate behavior and abuses of authority can leave patients feeling victimized, and unable to trust a doctor’s judgment.
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