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Florida Health Dept. Issues Emergency Order Against Nurse For Sexual Misconduct

On March 4, 2021, the Florida Department of Health issued an Order of Emergency Restriction of Hiram Antonio Bonilla’s license to work as a registered nurse following disturbing allegations that he sexual assault a female hospital patient.  Bonilla  admitted to acts of sexual misconduct with a female patient, which led to his arrest in January 2021.  Hiram Bonilla has been a Registered Nurse in Florida since 2002.

The alleged sexual misconduct occurred while Bonilla was working as a nurse at Citrus Memorial Hospital in Inverness, Florida located at 502 W Highland Blvd, Inverness, FL 34452.  According to the Florida Department of Health, on January 5, 2021, Mr. Bonilla was assigned to care for a 67-year-old woman at Citrus Memorial Hospital. The victim was admitted to the hospital for emergency care due to increased swelling in her legs and severe abdominal pain. During his shift, Bonilla reportedly entered the victim’s hospital room on several occasions and engaged in sexual activity with her while she was heavily medicated.

According to the Emergency Order and Arrest Affidavit filed on January 11, 2021, Hiram Bonilla began engaging with the victim with basic small talk while examining her that eventually turned sexual. The victim claims that Bonilla told her that he bets she is good at performing oral sex. Throughout her entire interaction with Bonilla, he would often enter her room and exit her room, performing sexual acts on her according to the Order. He would notify the victim of the medical treatment he was providing to her, but then he would transition to talking with her about sexual acts, which he would later perform on her.

The victim recalled at one point that the suspect entered her room, grabbed her hand, and used her hand to rub his penis over his pants. Bonilla began to fondle himself and groped the victim on her vagina with her legs closed over her clothing according to law enforcement records.  The alleged victim further advised that she recalls Bonilla entering her room to place a monitor on her chest. After undressing the victim, Bonilla informed her that she had “nice breasts” and asked her if he could suck on them, which he did.

Furthermore, while sucking on the victim’s breasts, Bonilla allegedly rubbed the victim’s vagina over her leggings several times. At one point, Bonilla allegedly said to the victim that he wanted to perform oral sex on her and that he wanted it reciprocated. The victim indicated Bonilla exposed his penis to her and asked her to “suck it .” Feeling obligated that she had to, she began to perform oral sex on Bonilla.

The alleged victim stated that she was administered morphine by Bonilla’s request several times throughout her stay, making her groggy and unable to move or call for help. She filed a report the next day, and Bonilla was arrested and charged with three counts of lewd and lascivious battery against an elderly person in Citrus County on January 11, 2021.

According to the arrest affidavit, Bonilla admitted to inserting his penis in the victim’s mouth several times, sucking on her breasts, and covering the windows to conceal his acts.

According to the Order, by his own admission, Bonilla willfully abused his position as a nurse to sexually violate a vulnerable, elderly patient who trusted him with her health. Mr. Bonilla is not able to meet the minimal standards of acceptable and prevailing nursing practices required of a nurse. The misconduct is a blatant violation of his patients, and he poses a danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the patient’s under his care.

It is rarely pleasant going to a doctor or seeing a nurse, but when we do, we should be able to feel confident they’ll help us to feel better, not violate us.  We seek out seasoned medical professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion and empathy. We believe the doctors and nurses at the office are carefully vetted, trustworthy and safe. It is unacceptable for any healthcare professional, including doctors or nurses, to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while on the job.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

Lamon Bibbs Horowitz Law

FLORIDA DEPT OF HEALTH TAKES ACTION AGAINST JACKSONVILLE NURSE FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

On February 11, 2021, the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) issued an Order of Emergency Restriction of Lamon Bibbs license to practice as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) in the state of Florida following allegations of sexual misconduct. Bibbs was first licensed in Florida in 2014.

The alleged misconduct occurred while Bibbs was employed at All Care Home Nursing Services located at 6621 Southpoint Dr. N, Suite 120, Jacksonville, FL 32216.

According to the Florida Department of Health, on December 17, 2020, Mr. Bibbs was assigned home care for a disabled 4-year old in Jacksonville. During his shift, the patient’s mother allegedly heard strange sounds coming from the patient’s bedroom. The sounds were reported to be pornography. The mother then pulled up the video feed from the indoor camera in the patient’s room. She witnessed Mr. Bibb’s watching pornographic content on his cell phone while masturbating while the patient was in the room sleeping. The mother immediately went into the room, and Mr. Bibbs attempted to cover himself. She then asked him to leave.

Mr. Bibbs was questioned by All Care Home Nursing Services subsequently following the incident. Mr. Bibbs stated that he usually waited until the patient went to sleep before masturbating, admitting that he has done this multiple times before.

According to the order, the Surgeon General deemed Mr. Bibbs’ act of masturbating while on assignment and in the presence of a disabled minor and his admittance that this was not an isolated incident indicates that Mr. Bibbs is not able to meet the minimal standards of acceptable and prevailing nursing practices required of a nurse. The misconduct is a blatant violation of his patients, and he poses a danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the patient’s under his care.

It is rarely pleasant going to a doctor or seeing a nurse, but when we do, we should be able to feel confident they’ll help us to feel better, not violate us. Especially when it is in-home care and are inviting the healthcare professional into our homes. We seek out seasoned medical professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion and empathy. We believe the doctors and nurses at the office are carefully vetted, trustworthy and safe. It is unacceptable for any healthcare professional, including doctors or nurses, to touch a patient in any sexual manner or practice any sexual misconduct while on the job.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

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FLORIDA HEALTH DEPT. TAKES ACTION AGAINST ORLANDO NEUROLOGIST FOR SEXUAL MISCONDUCT

On February 17, 2021, the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) issued an Order of Emergency Restriction of Dr. Aunali Khaku’s medical license prohibiting the Orlando neurologist from practicing on female patents following allegations of sexual assault at his primary practice located at 392 Rinehart Rd, Suite 3040 in Lake Mary, Florida. Dr. Aunali Khaku was employed as an Associate professor of Neurology at the University of Central Florida. He is a neurologist at Orlando Health in Lake Mary and Orlando and holds hospital privileges at South Seminole Hospital and Orlando Regional Medical Center.  He was first licensed in Florida in 2012.

According to the Florida Department of Health, in November 2020, a 69-year-old woman scheduled an appointment with Dr. Khaku for medical treatment regarding a cyst in her brain, severe migraines, and high blood pressure. Dr. Khaku was alone with patient in the examination room. Khaku proceeded to examine the patient’s neck and then asked her to lift her skirt. He then allegedly began massaging her buttocks while she was face down on the table. He then told her to sit back up because he heard someone coming. He then walked around her and reportedly began rubbing her breasts. The patient froze and felt nervous. Dr. Khaku then told her that he has never done this before and that his wife granted him permission to seek sexual gratification elsewhere. Dr. Khaku allegedly propositioned his patient to have sex, to which she said no. The patient expressed her dismay and that she was extremely uncomfortable. According to the Emergency Order, Dr. Khaku then told her to keep this between them only. He then directed her attention to his erect penis under his scrubs, and patient left the room.

According to the Order, the Surgeon General deemed Dr. Khaku’s misconduct as a blatant violation of his patient. The move to restrict his practice on females was swift as he poses a “serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the patient’s under his care” according to the Order.

It is rarely pleasant going to a doctor, but when we do, we should be able to feel confident they’ll help us to feel better, not violate us. We seek out seasoned medical professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion and empathy. We believe the doctors and nurses at the office are carefully vetted, trustworthy and safe. It is unacceptable for any healthcare professional, including a doctor, to touch a patient in any sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

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Florida Department of Health Needlessly Puts the Public at Risk

“To be the healthiest state in the nation”

That’s the stated ‘vision’ of the Florida Department of Health according to their website. Lofty and impressive goal.

The agency’s ‘mission’ (according to its website) is to “protect, promote and improve the health of all people in Florida.”  More nice words.

So how does that comport with the Department’s repeated and reckless delays in disciplining those healthcare providers who sexually assault patients and engage in other sexual misconduct.

An easy and effective way to promote public health is to quickly take away the tools that predators use to hurt others. The use of an emergency restriction Order is a remedy that is available while a full investigation into the misconduct is underway.  However, the Department of Health often fails to swiftly employ this tool.

What do police do when they first catch a criminal?  Snatch his or her gun or knife.

That is what we would expect the Department of Health to do as well: promptly take away whatever means sex offenders use to get close to and hurt their victims.

But that is not happening. Consider:

— Parkland pediatrician Michael Mizrachy was arrested on January 12 for having child sex images – after being investigated since June of last year.

Parkland Pediatrician Dr. Michael Mizrachy Arrested On Child Pornography Charges – CBS Miami (cbslocal.com)

He still has an active medical license in good standing.

FL DOH MQA Search Portal | License Verification For Practitioner Details (state.fl.us)

 

— Dr. Stewart Bitman was arrested on January 26 for reportedly sending sexually explicit pictures to a child.

Coral Springs Doctor Arrested For Allegedly Sending Sexually Explicit Photos To A Child

He still has a medical license in good standing  FL DOH MQA Search Portal | License Verification For Practitioner Details (state.fl.us)

 

— Mental health therapist Fernando Gautier was arrested for raping a 14 year old in November 2020.

South Florida Therapist Accused of Raping 14-Year-Old Patient – NBC 6 South Florida (nbcmiami.com)

He still has a active license in good standing.

https://mqa-internet.doh.state.fl.us/MQASearchServices/HealthcareProviders/LicenseVerification?LicInd=15758&Procde=5207&org=%20

–Physical therapist Akepe Ntube was charged with felony sexual battery on a female patient in Lee County last July.

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He still has an active license in good standing.

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–Massage Envy massage therapist Jose Grajales was charged with battery on female client in Palm Beach County last September following an allegation he touched his client’s vagina without her consent during a massage appointment. He entered a ‘no contest’ plea and agreed to surrender his license more than a month ago.

Grajales Plea Deal

He still has an active massage license in good standing.

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What does this slowness to suspend or revoke licenses of abusive health care professionals mean?

It means there is a hidden danger to the unsuspecting public.  These individuals are able to continue to practice medicine (or other healthcare practices) and command the trust of patients that are not aware of their criminal charges.  One might say — what does it matter —  These professionals typically lose their employment.  But what’s to stop them from gaining new employment, becoming self-employed, or venturing into environments like home health care, health care via apps, or telemedicine.  Not all of these criminal cases made headlines news. So, this is information the public needs to know.

The solution, which the Department eventually gets around to in most cases, is an Emergency Order by the DOH restricting these licenses, pending a final hearing.  But that takes far too long.  Sometimes many months.

“To be the healthiest state in the nation” is an admirable goal.

But if the Florida Department of Health is serious about their work, they’ll take an obvious, simple and should-be-quick move to warn the public about predators and make it harder for predators to get access to more victims.

Pensacola Nurse is Arrested on Sexual Misconduct Charge

Pensacola Nurse is Arrested on

Sexual Misconduct Charge

James Bemis Horowitz Law

 

Pensacola nurse James Bemis has been arrested for an alleged sex crimes committed upon a 63-year old disabled male patient at Baptist Hospital. The alleged incident occurred in March 2019 but the arrest was made this month after the Pensacola Police Department got results from a DNA they ran on the hospital bedsheets. In addition, hospital surveillance cameras captured the former Baptist Hospital Behavioral Medicine nurse enter a patient’s room and stay inside the hospital room for 27 minutes, in the early morning hours before the patient reported he was sexually assaulted.

According to State Attorney filings, James Bemis was charged with sexual assault on an elderly or disabled person and indecent exposure.  The alleged victim is a disabled adult. Prior to the arrest, on October 26, 2020, the Florida Department of Health filed an Administrative Complaint before the Board of Nursing against James Bemis, LP.N., for allegedly sexually abusing his patient while on duty at Baptist Hospital (1000 W. Moreno Street) in Pensacola, Florida. The Complaint requests that the Board of Nursing permanently revoke or suspend Bemis’ nursing license, restricts practice, order Bemis to pay an administrative fine, and places him on probation. James Bemis is 71 years old and has been a licensed practical nurse in Florida since 1997.   

The Complaint was filed in response to a report of sexual misconduct by Mr. Bemis on one of his patients in the hospital. According to the Complaint, the incident occurred on March 10, 2019. Mr. Bemis was caught on surveillance cameras entering his 63-year old male patient’s room at 4:01 am and re-emerging from the patient room at 4:28 am. The patient reported the abuse to another nurse and told investigators that Bemis requested oral sex from him. After the man rejected Bemis’s proposition, he said Bemis kissed him on the lips, told him that he loved him, groped him, and masturbated over the man. The patient was also confined to a wheelchair and is a disabled adult.

According to a police investigation, Bemis denied all of his accuser’s claims and told police that his accuser had been on morphine at the time that had made him hallucinate. Bemis was employed at Baptist Hospital Behavioral Medicine for 46 years and had never received a prior complaint, the report stated. However, on December 24, 2019, a laboratory report from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement showed a DNA profile match between Bemis’ DNA and semen found on the accuser’s hospital blanket, the report stated.  The investigators wrote that the patient was “helpless, confined and under the control of Bemis during the incident and unable to defend himself.”

Bemis was placed on administrative leave and was terminated in April 2019. He was arrested on January 3, 2020, and charged with sexual assault and indecent exposure. It is unacceptable, immoral, and unlawful for any employee to touch a patient in a sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against nurses and doctors on behalf of clients who were sexually assaulted at hospitals, private practices, and rehab centers. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery under the care of a healthcare provider, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

EMERGENCY RESTRICTION ORDER ON JACKSONVILLE CHIROPRACTOR’S LICENSE AMID SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS

DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ORDERS EMERGENCY RESTRICTION OF JACKSONVILLE CHIROPRACTOR’S LICENSE AMID SEXUAL MISCONDUCT ALLEGATIONS

In response to sexual misconduct allegations, on Tuesday, September 8, 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of Jacksonville chiropractor, Kenneth Zane Finger to practice in the State of Florida. The alleged abuse occurred at Finger’s practice, First Coast Chiropractic, located at 1550 Roberts Drive, in Jacksonville Beach.  

Back in December 2015, Finger was first placed on four years professional probation amid allegations he performed unwanted sex acts on a patient during a May 2014 appointment. As a condition of the settlement agreement, the Department of Health ordered that a chaperone must be present during examinations or treatments of female patients.

On March 5, 2020, Finger reportedly failed to have a chaperone present when he examined and treated a 20-year-old female patient. While laying on her back, undressed, with a sheet covering her, Finger allegedly performed acupuncture on the woman. According to the Order, Finger then had her turn over to lay on her stomach, exposing her right leg and buttocks. On multiple occasions throughout the appointment, Finger allegedly placed his erect penis in the patient’s hands. The patient removed her hand from his penis. She reportedly felt violated, embarrassed, and disgusted.

Finger’s alleged violation of the previous Dept. of Health Order demonstrates that the requirement of having a chaperone during appointments with female patients is not enough to protect the public. 

When patients schedule chiropractic appointments it is to feel better, improve bodily movement, manage pain and recover and heal from injuries or other medical conditions. They trust that doctors employed at the medical office are carefully vetted, professional and safe. It is both unacceptable and unlawful for any employee in the medical profession to touch a patient in a sexual manner. 

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against doctors on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched at medical offices. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a medical exam, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

EMERGENCY LICENSE RESTRICTION PLACED ON FORT MYERS MASSAGE THERAPIST FOR MULTIPLE SEXUAL ABUSE REPORTS

On July 28, 2020, the Florida Department of Health issued an Emergency Order Restricting the license of massage therapist, Joshua A. Lowman, following multiple allegations of sexual abuse. Lowman, who was subject to a previous sexual misconduct complaint  by the DOH involving an alleged assault at a spa in 2018, was a employed at Hand and Stone Massage located at 6891 Daniels Parkway Suite 115, Fort Myers, FL at the time of latest incidents of sexual assault alleged to have occurred on January 4, 2020.

According to the Emergency Order, on January 4, 2020, Lowman inappropriately touched at least two female clients multiple times throughout their respective massage appointments at Hand & Stone.  One woman, who had disrobed, with the exception of her underwear, laid face-down under a sheet, when Lowman rubbed the side of her breasts with his fingers. When she turned over on her back, Lowman’s body brushed up against her hands several times and she felt his erect penis. When she adjusted her position, she saw Lowman’s erect penis through his pants. As Lowman was massaging her legs, he touched her vaginal area several times.  When he moved on to her chest, he went under the sheet several times and touched her nipples. When the massage was over, the woman paid and waited for her friends to finish their massages.

On the same day, January 4, 2020, another female client disrobed with the exception of her underwear, laid face-down under a sheet. When Lowman’s body brushed up against her hands several times, she felt his erect penis. As Lowman was massaging her legs, she felt a part of his body on her clitoris. When she turned over and he started massaging her chest, he went under the sheet several times and touched her bare breast. When the massage was over, she paid and asked her friend if she had felt uncomfortable with Lowman. Both women reported what had happened to the police.

According to the Order, the Florida Department of Health deemed Lowman’s lack of moral character and blatant disregard for the law as an immediate and serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of Florida citizens. The restriction of his license prohibits him from practicing massage therapy on female clients.

The stresses of life can easily overwhelm us. When patients book a massage, it is to decompress and relax. They trust that the massage therapists employed at the spa are carefully vetted and safe. It is for this reason regulating the practice of massage therapy is necessary. Any violation requires swift action, as it is both unacceptable and unlawful for any employee to touch a patient in a sexual manner. 

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at massage parlors and other spas and resorts. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during a massage, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

FLORIDA DEPT OF HEALTH TAKES SWIFT ACTION AGAINST FLORIDA DOCTOR WITH SEXUAL MISCONDUCT COMPLAINTS

On July 15, 2020, the Florida Department of Health (FLDOH) issued an Order of Emergency Restriction of Dr. Saeed A. Khan’s medical license following allegations of sexual assault in his office located at 2257 Highway 441 North in Okeechobee, Florida. Dr. Khan, an Internal Medicine specialist, was first licensed in Florida in March 1999.

According to the FLDOH, in February 2020, a 54-year-old woman scheduled an appointment with Dr. Khan to discuss an upcoming surgery. She had been his patient since April 2005, and they developed a cordial rapport. Upon her arrival to his office, Dr. Khan told his staff members to leave them alone. After the consultation, Dr. Khan asked her to scratch his back. She did and then said she had to go. 

As Dr. Khan followed her to the door, he pulled down one side of her shirt and bra, and sucked on her breast. He then pulled down the other side and sucked on her other breast. On May 4, 2020 the woman reported the incident to a deputy with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office. A few weeks later, Dr. Khan admitted the assault and was arrested and charged with misdemeanor battery. 

News reports of the sexual misconduct allegations against Dr. Khan prompted ten other patients to speak out regarding similar incidents with Dr. Khan being inappropriate with them during office visits. 

According to the order, the FLDOH deemed Dr. Khan’s misconduct as a blatant violation of his patient. The move to restrict his medical license was swift as he poses a “serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida.”

It’s rarely fun going to a doctor, but when we do, we should be able to feel confident they’ll help us to feel better, not violate us. We seek out seasoned medical professionals who possess a good bedside manner, compassion and empathy. We believe the doctors and nurses at the office are carefully vetted, trustworthy and safe. It is unacceptable for any employee, including a doctor, to touch a patient in any sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or nurse permitted to have sexual contact with a patient.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery at a medical office or facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

HEALTH DEPT. ORDERS EMERGENCY LICENSE RESTRICTION OF CORAL SPRINGS ACUPUNCTURIST

                                               FLORIDA DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH ORDERS EMERGENCY LICENSE RESTRICTION OF LOCAL ACUPUNCTURIST

 

On July 2, 2020, the Florida Department of Health ordered the emergency restriction of the license of Sergio H. Garcia, (Dr. Garcia) to practice acupuncture in the state. Garcia is co-founder of SAGA (Service of Acupuncture Guided by Angels), located at 10718 Wiles Rd, Coral Springs, FL 33076. 

According to the Emergency Order, in late April 2020, Garcia was sexually inappropriate with a female patient while giving her a treatment. After placing the needles, he gave her a full body massage, and told the patient he was giving her a tantric massage. He then “massaged” her vaginal and breast areas.  On two occasions, he allegedly penetrated the patient’s vagina with his finger.  According to the Order, he told her he was removing energy blocks from her body and then kissed her forehead. The Department of Health says that at no point during the session did Garcia ask permission of the patient to touch her in such a manner. 

Such brazen acts are outside the scope of acupuncture practice and are considered to be sexual misconduct which is against the law. The Department of Health found Garcia’s continued unrestricted practice as an acupuncturist, poses an immediate danger to the health and well being of Florida’s citizens. As such, a proceeding for disciplinary action against Garcia will be instituted.

The stresses of life can easily overwhelm us. When patients book an acupuncture appointment it is to manage pain, decompress and relax. They trust that the acupuncturist treating them is carefully vetted and safe. It is both unacceptable and unlawful for any employee to violate the trust of patients and touch them in a sexual manner. 

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against health care professionals on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched during their appointment. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery by an acupuncturist or other health care worker, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.

West Florida Doctor’s License Suspended After Sexual Assault Complaint

Dr. Thomas Lohstreter’s medical license suspended after allegation of sexual contact with patient

On March 9, 2020, the Florida Department of Health (FDOH) issued an Order of Emergency Suspension of Dr. Thomas Arnold Lohstreter’s medical license following allegations of sexual misconduct committed upon a a female patient at South County Medical Center in Englewood, Florida. Dr. Thomas Lohstreter, a Family Medicine Specialist, is 70 years old and became licensed in Florida in December 2017.  He also holds a medical license in Georgia and Minnesota.  In 2013, Dr. Thomas Lohstreter was disciplined by the Minnesota Board of Medical Practice for “unethical and unprofessional conduct, improper management of medical records, and inappropriate prescribing practices.”

According to the FDOH, Dr. Lohstreter was accused of touching a female patient in an inappropriate manner unrelated to legitimate medical treatment. At the end of December 2019, a 56-year-old woman had a follow up appointment with Lohstreter complaining of nausea and loss of appetite, side effects of an anti-depressant he previously prescribed her.  According to the Emergency Order, while the patient was laying down to be examined, Lohstreter pulled up her shirt and bra, and felt her left breast while touching his genitals with his free hand. The Order says he then pulled down the patient’s pants and massaged her clitoris after saying, “Oh, something is there.” All the while he allegedly masturbated himself in her presence. He then left the room with an erect penis according to the Department of Health.

According to the Order, “Dr. Lohstreter’s continued practice as a medical doctor constitutes an immediate, serious danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the citizens of the State of Florida, and this summary procedure is fair under the circumstances to adequately protect the public.”  

When we go to a doctor’s office, we should be able to expect the physicians to be specially trained and licensed medical professionals whose goal is to make us feel better, not violate us. Patients seek out seasoned doctors who possess a good bedside manner, compassion and empathy. They trust that the doctors and staff at the office are carefully vetted, professional, and safe. Under no circumstances is it acceptable for any health care employee, including a doctor, to touch a patient in any sexual manner.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against medical professionals on behalf of patients who were inappropriately touched in their care.  Under no circumstances is a doctor or other health care professional permitted to have sexual contact with a patient. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery by a doctor or at a hospital, medical office or other healthcare facility, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (888) 283-9922 or send an e-mail to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com for a free consultation.