An Orlando-area doctor is facing sexual battery charges after a patient reported being inappropriately touched during an examination.
The 42-year-old Orlando doctor was arrested Wednesday.
According to an Osceola County Sheriff’s Office report, an investigation began Tuesday after a 20-year-old woman reported to deputies that she had been inappropriately touched by the doctor.
The patient said she had gone to his office in Kissimmee for an annual gynecological exam, during which the doctor wore gloves, and a female nurse attended. At that time, the man referred the patient to another doctor, according to the report.
The patient returned to the doctor’s office Monday for a different medical issue, the report said. While there, she said the doctor asked her about her previous visit and conducted another gynecological exam, this time without gloves and without a nurse present, the patient reported.
The patient said she called the doctor’s office on Tuesday to request a doctor’s note for work purposes, but when no one answered, she went to the office. A sign on the door said the office was closed, she said, but she claims she ran into the doctor in the parking lot. She asked him if he could provide her with a doctor’s note, and he invited her inside, according to reports
While there, the doctor apparently asked the patient about abdominal pains she was having from an earlier visit. He then allegedly examined her without gloves and asked her if she felt excited, the report said.
The patient apparently told him she was uncomfortable and again asked for the note, which he gave her, and she left. She immediately reported the incident to deputies.
The doctor’s Florida medical licenses are current, and he has no complaints or disciplinary action on his record in Florida, according to a Florida Department of Health licensure search. He previously has held medical licenses in Mississippi and Wisconsin.
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Regardless of how serious the sexual battery charges are, it is imperative to remember that taking these allegations lightly or talking to anyone other than your lawyer about the alleged incident will hurt your case. Do not underestimate the value of exercising your right to remain silent.