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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Still forgiven

Details: Doctor sex abuse is tolerated by regulators and forgiven in every state, a national investigation finds. Part 2: Illness or crime? In a broken system, doctors accused of sexual misconduct get treatment and return to work. Part 3: State secrets. The …

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: How doctors who abuse patients …

Details: But the doctor’s entire history of sexual malfeasance only came to light years later, baffling even those in charge of disciplining doctors. “The obvious question,” an administrative law judge wrote in 2002, “is how (Gonzalez) was able to practice …

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: What the doctors said

Details: In Indiana, a doctor — not trained as a psychiatrist — said his “therapeutic” sexual relationship with a bipolar patient was consensual and helped to “treat her emotional illness and … her self-esteem.” A Virginia doctor accused of kissing patients said it …

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: What are the protocols for patient

Details: The doctor also should make sure a gown is available, and during exams the doctor should use drapes to avoid unnecessarily exposing your body. Regardless of your gender, the doctor should have a chaperone consistently available for intimate exams, according to the American Medical Association Code of Medical Ethics.

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Accused doctors go to therapy, …

Details: The doctor exemplified the transformation that can result from treatment, the president of Montana’s medical board said this spring at a convention of medical regulators in San Diego. “This was a very negative thing for the public,” Nathan Thomas said, acknowledging public …

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Doctor reputation no indicator of

Details: Bair was a doctor, and the women were his patients. Sexual contact between doctors and patients in Colorado, as in other states, is prohibited, considered exploitive because of the authority and position of trust a doctor holds over a patient. But when Bair drew the attention of the Colorado Medical Board in 2002, it wasn’t because of violations.

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State laws to guard patients from sexually offending

Details: Kansas licensed a doctor imprisoned in Ohio for a sexual offense involving a child; that doctor later lost his Kansas license after making anonymous obscene phone calls to patients. Utah licensed a doctor who didn’t contest misdemeanor charges of sexual battery for intentionally touching the genitals of patients, staff members and others.

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Hurt that doesn’t heal: Patient stories of doctor sex abuse

Details: Making matters worse, victims often aren’t believed if they do report a doctor, or the complaint is brushed off to preserve the physician’s career. That response, some experts say, can be as damaging as the sexual violation. “First there’s the betrayal by the actual predator himself. Then there is the betrayal by the colleagues and

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Why you’ll never know if your doctor is a sex abuser

Details: Mississippi’s website shows if a doctor has been disciplined, but provides no information on the action. A $25 payment is required to see the documents. In contrast: Maine not only posts orders but provides a phone number for patients to find out if non-disciplinary action has been taken against a doctor. That’s done when evidence supports

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Report card: How New York protects patients from sexually

Details: In New York, a client or patient of a health care provider or mental health care provider is incapable of consent to sexual acts that occur during a treatment session, unless the doctor makes clear that the sex act is not part of the treatment. In those cases, the doctor can be charged with various crimes. But health care providers may be able

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Doctors sexually abuse patients yet

Details: Kentucky neurologist Ghias M. Arar is serving a three-year prison sentence after a patient reported he sexually violated her. Batrice, who suffers from a degenerative bone disease, was attacked the first time she saw Arar. First, the doctor moved her walker to another …

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: What patients should know about

Details: The doctor visually inspects the breasts for rashes, redness or large masses. The patient may be asked to lift her arms over her head or lean forward. Then, with the patient lying down on her back, arms behind her head, the doctor palpates one breast, then the other, keeping the opposite breast covered.

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Psychiatrist manipulated patients

Details: Until the AJC in 2016 published its national investigation of doctor sex abuse cases, no one had accurate data about the extent of the problem or whether doctors were being held accountable. After analyzing more than 100,000 medical board documents, the AJC found that more than 3,100 doctors had faced public accusations of sexual misconduct

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Undercover agent posed as patient to

Details: The doctor said he would treat Owen’s nail biting through hypnosis, but she immediately noticed he also had two syringes in the exam room — which lab tests later confirmed were for sedation. After Owen pretended to be hypnotized, the doctor started making sexual comments, asking her about her first sexual experiences and telling her that

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Reporting your doctor

Details: Until the AJC in 2016 published its national investigation of doctor sex abuse cases, no one had accurate data about the extent of the problem or whether doctors were being held accountable. After analyzing more than 100,000 medical board documents, the AJC found that more than 3,100 doctors had faced public accusations of sexual misconduct

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AJC Investigation shows how doctor cases are concealed

Details: In other cases, public board orders — i.e., public documents issued by a state agency that discipline a doctor — weren’t posted on violations that did result in sanctions. So while the vast majority of the nation’s 900,000 licensed physicians don’t sexually abuse patients, no one knows the extent of …

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: In Georgia case, repeat offender kept

Details: Until the AJC in 2016 published its national investigation of doctor sex abuse cases, no one had accurate data about the extent of the problem or whether doctors were being held accountable. After analyzing more than 100,000 medical board documents, the AJC found that more than 3,100 doctors had faced public accusations of sexual misconduct

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Prestige protects even the worst doctors

Details: A detective wrote that, compared to the doctor, the mother was “not credible.” A medical board investigator found that Bradley “specialized in welfare … patients,” so a shakedown was “a distinct possibility.” The case was closed. And the doctor who would become one of the nation’s most prolific sexual predators moved on.

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Texas physician still practicing

Details: In the order allowing Leonard to return to practice, negotiated nine months after his acquittal, the board required the doctor to appear before the panel every six months for the first five years to discuss his compliance. In terminating the order in 2014, the board said the doctor had completed all requirements.

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Resources for Patients AJC National

Details: How to report sex abuse by your doctor If you have been sexually abused by your doctor, here's what you should know. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s investigation of physician sexual misconduct found that one patient’s report of abuse often leads others to come forward with similar allegations. Here are several options for patients who suspect their doctors of sexual improprieties:

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Patients sexually abused while they

Details: A prominent Manhattan doctor is arrested, charged with giving a patient a powerful anesthetic in the emergency room, then masturbating on her.. The evidence: DNA found on her face. His defense: He had masturbated in a lounge before treating her and some semen was on his hand.

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About the AJC’s investigation of doctor misconduct

Details: Until the AJC in 2016 published its national investigation of doctor sex abuse cases, no one had accurate data about the extent of the problem or whether doctors were being held accountable. After analyzing more than 100,000 medical board documents, the AJC found that more than 3,100 doctors had faced public accusations of sexual misconduct

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Repeat offenders often targeted

Details: Repeat offenders often targeted vulnerable patients. By sheer numbers of victims, some physicians are among the nation’s worst sex offenders, experts say. The most notorious doctors victimized 1,000 or more patients. Among them is Earl Bradley, a Delaware and Pennsylvania pediatrician who had offices decorated with characters from

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Survivor: Hospital believed doctor instead of victims

Details: Hospital believed doctor over victims. MADISON, WIS. — Shanta Hereford can’t shake the memory, try as she might. Bend over and touch your toes, she remembers the doctor saying, before his hands went where she was certain they didn’t belong. Even now, a dozen years and hundreds of miles removed from that day at a clinic in Wisconsin’s

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Doctors who abuse patients are

Details: Until the AJC in 2016 published its national investigation of doctor sex abuse cases, no one had accurate data about the extent of the problem or whether doctors were being held accountable. After analyzing more than 100,000 medical board documents, the AJC found that more than 3,100 doctors had faced public accusations of sexual misconduct

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Reaction to AJC coverage of sexually

Details: “The final common pathway is the medical board,” he said. “If they don’t do anything, the doctor is free to continue practicing. A fine, probation — that really doesn’t do it. If there is clear evidence that a doctor sexually abused a patient, that doctor should no longer be allowed to practice. ”

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Report card: How Washington protects patients from

Details: The doctor was ordered to surrender his license in 2014 after he was caught smoking meth. Key fact. The state’s criminal code has special categories of second-degree rape and indecent liberties for violators who are health care providers. If sexual intercourse occurs between a doctor and patient during a treatment session, consultation

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Report card: How Minnesota protects patients from sexually

Details: The doctor said that the day of the sexual encounter, he had terminated his doctor-patient relationship with her. The board noted that the complaint resembled those made by the first two patients, noting that Kovanda had said he “can’t explain why the three patients report similar experiences” during clinic visits.

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Report card: How Pennsylvania protects patients from

Details: The report card for each state contains the scores it received when we evaluated it for how well it protects patients against sexually abusive doctors. The overall rating is the average of the score the state received in each category. In states with two medical boards, one for osteopathic physicians and the other for medical doctors, the

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Report card: How Illinois protects patients from sexually

Details: The report card for each state contains the scores it received when we evaluated it for how well it protects patients against sexually abusive doctors. The overall rating is the average of the score the state received in each category. In states with two medical boards, one for osteopathic physicians and the other for medical doctors, the

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Fact-checking the National

Details: — A Kentucky doctor was found guilty in April 2015 of two felony counts of first-degree sexual abuse and four misdemeanor counts of second-degree sexual abuse for acts involving patients. One of the reports on the only physician matching his profile in the data bank is coded as an “Immediate Threat to Health or Safety,” while another says

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Radio show leads to arrest of Metro

Details: Until the AJC in 2016 published its national investigation of doctor sex abuse cases, no one had accurate data about the extent of the problem or whether doctors were being held accountable. After analyzing more than 100,000 medical board documents, the AJC found that more than 3,100 doctors had faced public accusations of sexual misconduct

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Report card: How Vermont protects patients from sexually

Details: The report card for each state contains the scores it received when we evaluated it for how well it protects patients against sexually abusive doctors. The overall rating is the average of the score the state received in each category. In states with two medical boards, one for osteopathic physicians and the other for medical doctors, the

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Report card: How Florida protects patients from sexually

Details: The state requires clear and convincing evidence to prove a disciplinary case against a doctor. That may make it hard to prove a sexual misconduct case when it may be a patient's word against a doctor's. Most states require a preponderance of evidence to impose discipline.

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Report card: How Louisiana protects patients from sexually

Details: Until the AJC in 2016 published its national investigation of doctor sex abuse cases, no one had accurate data about the extent of the problem or whether doctors were being held accountable. After analyzing more than 100,000 medical board documents, the AJC found that more than 3,100 doctors had faced public accusations of sexual misconduct

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Ga. doctor back at work after prison term in drugs-for-sex

Details: “I don’t even want to say `Dr. Dekle,’ because I can’t look at him as a doctor,” said Cindy Sheridan, one of those he victimized. Dekle’s complicated legacy is a window into how the laws in Georgia and many other states are so open-ended that even felons who commit sex-related offenses can practice medicine.

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Report card: How Colorado protects patients from sexually

Details: ”[The doctor] was diagnosed with a sleep disorder that may have affected his judgment in beginning a personal relationship.” — The Colorado Medical Board, on why a doctor engaged in sex with a patient. The board went on to say his conduct “occurred at a time of stress in his life.” The doctor voluntarily surrendered his license in 2004.

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: AMA condemns abuse but offers no

Details: If a doctor wants to date a patient, it says, he or she should “at a minimum” stop treating the person first. The opinion says nothing about abusive sexual behavior. It does not address a doctor’s touching a patient in intimate areas without a clinical reason, making lewd comments during an examination, or coercing patients into sex.

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Report card: How Connecticut protects patients from

Details: Until the AJC in 2016 published its national investigation of doctor sex abuse cases, no one had accurate data about the extent of the problem or whether doctors were being held accountable. After analyzing more than 100,000 medical board documents, the AJC found that more than 3,100 doctors had faced public accusations of sexual misconduct

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Report card: How Ohio protects patients from sexually

Details: Revocation can be permanent. In addition, a doctor's license is automatically suspended for conviction of certain crimes, including rape, sexual battery and gross sexual imposition. If the doctor then fails to request a hearing, the board must permanently revoke the license.

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Report card: How Wisconsin protects patients from sexually

Details: The report card for each state contains the scores it received when we evaluated it for how well it protects patients against sexually abusive doctors. The overall rating is the average of the score the state received in each category. In states with two medical boards, one for osteopathic physicians and the other for medical doctors, the

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Doctors & Sex Abuse: Atlanta therapy program treat sex

Details: Until the AJC in 2016 published its national investigation of doctor sex abuse cases, no one had accurate data about the extent of the problem or whether doctors were being held accountable. After analyzing more than 100,000 medical board documents, the AJC found that more than 3,100 doctors had faced public accusations of sexual misconduct

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Report card: How New Mexico protects patients from

Details: The report card for each state contains the scores it received when we evaluated it for how well it protects patients against sexually abusive doctors. The overall rating is the average of the score the state received in each category. In states with two medical boards, one for osteopathic physicians and the other for medical doctors, the

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Report card: How Kentucky protects patients from sexually

Details: “[The doctor] underwent an unusual amount of personal stress due to business difficulties, a failing marriage, the untimely passing of his mother and a growing medical practice.” — The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure, commenting on a doctor accused in a drugs-for-sex scheme that may have had a …

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Report card: How Virginia protects patients from sexually

Details: The report card for each state contains the scores it received when we evaluated it for how well it protects patients against sexually abusive doctors. The overall rating is the average of the score the state received in each category. In states with two medical boards, one for osteopathic physicians and the other for medical doctors, the

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Report card: How Utah protects patients from sexually

Details: The report card for each state contains the scores it received when we evaluated it for how well it protects patients against sexually abusive doctors. The overall rating is the average of the score the state received in each category. In states with two medical boards, one for osteopathic physicians and the other for medical doctors, the

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Report card: How New Jersey protects patients from

Details: The report card for each state contains the scores it received when we evaluated it for how well it protects patients against sexually abusive doctors. The overall rating is the average of the score the state received in each category. In states with two medical boards, one for osteopathic physicians and the other for medical doctors, the

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