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Palm Coast Social Worker Robert Batie Get License Revoked Due to Sexual Misconduct With Teen Client

On June 9, 2022, Palm Coast social worker, Robert Batie, had his license to practice as a clinical social worker in Florida revoked following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Clinical Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, and Mental Health Counseling just eight months following the Emergency Order. Batie has been a licensed social worker in Florida since 2017.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following Batie’s arrest back in August and subsequently charged with one count of sexual battery on a minor 12-18 by a person in custodial authority, two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, and one count of sexual misconduct by a psychotherapist. According to law enforcement, Batie admitted to each act of unlawful sexual activity, as well as his awareness that the victim was a minor. 

According to police records, the victim’s school referred the child to Palm Coast Counseling to treat generalized anxiety. Batie met with the alleged victim alone for approximately eleven sessions, each lasting about one hour. During those sessions, police reports indicate Batie engaged “in a course of conduct that could be interpreted as grooming.” Towards the end of the victim’s treatment with Batie, reports revealed that Batie spoke to the victim in a suggestive manner.  Florida’s Department of Health says Batie wrote in the treatment notes that the patient was dressed in a “seductive manner” a day before the assault.

On June 28, 2021, during the victim’s last therapy session, Batie reportedly made inappropriate sexual comments and continued to escalate his sexual advances. Reports say Batie positioned himself behind the victim and asked her about her sexuality. Batie also forced the victim to perform and receive oral sex. When the assault ended, Batie warned the victim not to tell anyone because Batie could get into “big trouble” since he was an adult and the patient was a minor.

The Florida Department of Health (DOH) issued an Emergency Order restricting Batie’s social work license on October 13, 2021, on account of this complaint. The allegations made against Batie were deemed credible as there was sufficient evidence. Subsequently, Batie’s license has been revoked, along with a $1,500 fine. He also must pay the investigation fee of $3402.

Batie violated the therapist-patient relationship. A social worker may not use his relationship with a client to induce or attempt to induce the patient to engage or to engage or attempt to engage the patient in sexual activity outside the scope of practice or the scope of generally accepted examination or treatment of the patient.

“Mr. Batie’s conduct of sexually assaulting a minor patient under his care, who trusted him to act professionally and in their best interest, indicates that he is unable to practice as a clinical social worker with reasonable skill and safety to patients,” the Department of Health said in its emergency suspension order.  Given the nature of the abuse and Batie’s conduct, the Department of Health labeled Batie’s behavior “an immediate, serious danger to the public health” and decided against allowing him to keep his license with restrictions.

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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Broward County Lyft Driver, Glenroy Cornelius Tannis, Accused of Raping Unconscious Female Passenger Gets Released From Jail

Glenroy Cornelius Tannis, a Lyft driver in Broward County, was arrested May 23 for allegedly sexually assaulting an unconscious woman during a ride in his SUV back in January. Tannis faces two charges of sexual battery on a helpless victim. On June 2, 2022, Tannis, 42, was released from the Broward County Jail after posting bonds totaling $175,000. Part of his release conditions was that he is no longer permitted to work for any ride-share service.

According to media reports, Tannis picked up a woman who requested a Lyft ride on Clematis Street in West Palm Beach, around 3 am on January 12, 2022. The victim, who was in town from Wisconsin, was out with friends that evening and wanted to go back the AirBnB apartment in Pompano Beach that she had rented. The arrest report also states that the victim’s friend made sure she got in the matched silver 2016 Ford Explorer that appears in the Lyft app before helping her in. The report says that the woman fell asleep in the back seat of the SUV during the ride. An hour later, she woke up groggy and half undressed with Tannis allegedly on top of her and forcing her to perform a sex act.

The vicitm realized she was near her AirBnB destination, got out of the vehicle, and ran to the apartment. She called a friend, cried, and told them what had happened. When she arrived home to Milwaukee, she told her local police what happened in Florida and they directed her to a sexual assault treatment center to collect DNA evidence. She also told the Broward Sheriff’s Office, and detectives later identified Tannis and the SUV. The vicitm flew back to South Florida in March to help with the investigation and identified Tannis from the photographs the police presented to her. The DNA sample proved to be a match with Tannis and he was arrested about a month later.

Tannis has been permanently barred from any ride share service, including Lyft and Uber. Lyft offered no comment. A recent report released by Lyft revealed that the ridesharing platform received 4,158 reports of sexual assault between 2017 and 2019. During those three years, the company said there were 360 reports of rape and ten deaths by physical abuse. 

Lyft customers have an expectation of proper vetting of their drivers for qualifications, as well as for safety.  Many rideshare passengers are critical that Lyft has not employed technology to deter sexual misconduct and ensure the safety of their passengers.  It is unacceptable that there are employees who take advantage of trusting riders and break the law.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault claims on behalf of clients throughout the country against ride-sharing services such as Uber and Lyft.  If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during an Uber or Lyft ride, 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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Miami Lyft Driver Arrested For Alleged Rape of Intoxicated Passenger

Kevyn Rojas, a 26-year-old Lyft driver from Miami Beach, was arrested on Tuesday, March 1, for allegedly raping a female tourist during a late-night ride two nights prior. According to media reports, on Sunday, February 27, 2022, around 4:20 am, a woman visiting Miami from Texas ordered a Lyft ride from a Wynwood bar to the Berkeley Shore Hotel in Miami Beach, where she was staying.

Kevyn Rojas arrived to pick her up in a Mitsubishi Galant a few minutes later. The victim told Miami-Dade police that she got in the backseat of Rojas’ car. Rojas commented on her blue dress in Spanish. During the drive back to her hotel, the victim fell asleep and woke up when she heard the arrival notification that went off on her phone’s app. But Rojas drove past the hotel and parked the car nearby. Kevyn Rojas allegedly jumped into the backseat and got on top of the woman. He allegedly pulled her dress up, took off her underwear, and proceeded to rape her against her will. According to law enforcement records, she told him no and tried to stop his sexual advances, but she was too intoxicated and not as strong. After several minutes of the assault, Rojas got back into the driver’s seat and took her back to her hotel. The woman immediately called the police, and Rojas was identified through her Lyft app trip history and city cameras near her hotel. 

The arrest reports state that the surveillance footage was consistent with the victim’s statement. Rojas was charged with sexual battery on a physically helpless victim. According to public records, he was also arrested in 2020 for aggravated assault, but the charges were dropped. A judge set his bond at $500,000, ordering him to stay away from the woman and turn over his Colombian and United States passports.

Lyft has permanently barred Rojas from its platform, a spokesperson confirmed, stating, “Safety is fundamental to Lyft, and the behavior described is appalling. The driver has been permanently removed from the Lyft community, and we stand ready to assist law enforcement with their investigation in any way we can.”

A recent report released by Lyft revealed that the ridesharing platform received 4,158 reports of sexual assault between 2017 and 2019. During those three years, the company said there were 360 reports of rape and ten deaths by physical abuse. 

Lyft customers have an expectation of proper vetting of their drivers for qualifications, as well as for safety.  Many rideshare passengers are critical that Lyft has not employed technology to deter sexual misconduct and ensure the safety of their passengers.  It is unacceptable that there are employees who take advantage of trusting riders and break the law.

Horowitz Law has filed numerous sexual assault claims on behalf of clients throughout the country.  An employee of any company is never permitted to have unwanted sexual contact with a customer. If you have been a victim of sexual assault or sexual battery during an Uber or Lyft ride, 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.

Biltmore Hotel Massage Therapist Facing Criminal Charges

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Oscar Ojeda, the former lead massage therapist at the Biltmore Hotel in Coral Gables, Florida is facing criminal charges after a female client reported that he touched her genitals during a massage in April, 2021. Oscar Ojeda, age 39, was charged with two counts of misdemeanor battery for incidents involving two separate clients.

According to law enforcement records, a woman came to the spa at the Biltmore Hotel for a deep tissue massage.  During the massage appointment, Ojeda groped her upper thigh and her genitals several times. After the massage ended, the woman reported the alleged sexual assault to the hotel staff.

However, according to police reports, this is not the first time a woman reported Ojeda’s sexual misconduct to Biltmore staff. Two other women accused the massage therapist of unwanted sexual touching during their massages in 2017 and 2020. Police say out of the three known allegations, prosecutors were only able to file charges in two of them due to statute of limitations.

In its response, the Biltmore Hotel released a statement, calling Ojeda a former employee. Ojeda, licensed in 2011, still has his license, as Florida’s Department of Health has not announced an update. 

Updates on Oscar Ojeda

After his surrender on May 13, the Coral Gables Police department transferred Oscar Ojeda to Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, sources say. He was released on a $3,000 bond. His preliminary hearing will be on Nov. 3. 

All massage therapists in Florida are licensed by the Florida Department of Health. If your massage therapist makes any sexual contact with you, it is a violation of professional ethics and may be a crime.  In addition to reporting misconduct to law enforcement, if this incident occurs in Florida, you should also lodge a complaint with the Department of Health at this website: https://www.flhealthcomplaint.gov

If you have been a victim of sexual assault during a massage at any spa or massage business, or if you know someone who has, please contact our law firm at (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

Palm Coast Social Worker Robert Batie Arrested, License Suspended After Allegedly Abusing Minor

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 Florida Department of Health Suspends Clinical Social Worker’s License After Sex Abuse Complaint

On October 13, 2021, Florida’s Department of Health ordered the emergency suspension of Robert Batie’s license to practice as a clinical social worker in state. The emergency suspension comes two months after Robert Batie was arrested and criminally charged on counts of molesting and raping a 16-year-old female client from Palm Coast, Florida.

“Mr. Batie’s conduct of sexually assaulting a minor patient under his care, who trusted him to act professionally and in their best interest, indicates that he is unable to practice as a clinical social worker with reasonable skill and safety to patients,” the Department of Health said in its emergency suspension order.   Given the nature of the abuse and Batie’s conduct, the Department of Health labeled Batie’s behavior “an immediate, serious danger to the public health” and decided against allowing him to keep his license with restrictions.

Factual Background

Robert Neal Batie Horowitz LawAt the time of the alleged assault, Robert Batie was a clinical social worker at Palm Coast Counseling, LLC., located at 1 Hargrove Grade, Unit A, Palm Coast, FL. Licensed since 2017, Batie says he has more than a decade’s worth of experience in the helping profession.

According to police records, the victim’s school referred the child to Palm Coast Counseling to treat generalized anxiety. Batie met with the alleged victim alone for approximately eleven sessions, each lasting about one hour. During those sessions, police reports indicate Batie engaged “in a course of conduct that could be interpreted as grooming.” Towards the end of the victim’s treatment with Batie, reports revealed that Batie spoke to the victim in a suggestive manner.  Florida’s Department of Health says Batie wrote in the treatment notes that the patient was dressed in a “seductive manner” a day before the assault.

Robert Batie’s Assault on the Victim and Attempted Concealment

On June 28, 2021, during the alleged victim’s last therapy session with Robert Batie before he began working at AZA Health in Palatka, Batie reportedly made inappropriate sexual comments and continued to escalate his sexual advances. Reports say Batie positioned himself behind the victim and asked her about her sexuality.

Batie also allegedly forced the victim to perform and receive oral sex. When the assault ended, Batie warned the victim not to tell anyone because Batie could get into “big trouble” since he was an adult and the patient was a minor. The alleged victim reported the assault to her guardians, who later reported the abuse to the Flagler County Sheriff’s Office. The alleged victim also preserved their underclothes and other garments and gave them to the police.

Robert Batie’s Charges and Subsequent Arrest

Robert Batie was arrested at his job in early August and subsequently charged with one count of sexual battery on a victim 12-18 by a person in custodial authority, two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, and one count of sexual misconduct by a psychotherapist.  According to law enforcement, Batie admitted to each act of unlawful sexual activity, as well as his awareness that the victim was a minor. Batie was later held at the Volusia County Branch Jail before his transfer to the Flagler County jail.

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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Wellington Massage Therapist Roberto Herrera Gets License Revoked Due to Sexual Misconduct Complaint

On May 13, 2021, Wellington massage therapist Roberto Herrera had his license revoked following a disciplinary action brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy alleging sexual misconduct at Zen Message.   Roberto Herrera had been a licensed massage therapist in Florida since 2008.

A Final Order of discipline was entered following an allegation made against Roberto Herrera while he was working at Zen Massage, located at 2465 State Rd 7 #500, Wellington, FL 33414. On July 2, 2020, Herrera performed a 120-minute massage on a 29-year-old female client. During the massage, the client alleges that massage therapist Roberto Herrera positioned her legs so the one was bent to the side, exposing her vaginal area. He then began touching her upper thigh and then on her vaginal area. He began rubbing her vagina and the victim screamed, “OK, no.”

Herrera allegedly said, “I’m sorry, I assumed, never mind.” He apologized to his client stating that he was ashamed, and said that typically when a client books a 2-hour massage, they are looking for that. The alleged victim reported the incident and an Administrative Complaint was filed. Herrera never replied or denied the allegations. The investigative attorney found the allegations credible and therefore concluded that his license be revoked, as well as pay a $2,500 fine.

The disciplinary order continues a long and disturbing trend of sexual misconduct by massage therapists statewide. Under Florida law, massage therapists occupy positions of trust, and all sexual activity between the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited.

Herrera was in violation of the massage therapist-patient relationship.  A massage therapist may not use his relationship with a client to induce or attempt to induce the patient to engage or to engage or attempt to engage the patient in sexual activity outside the scope of practice or the scope of generally accepted examination or treatment of the patient. Sexual activity by any person or persons in any massage establishment is absolutely prohibited.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at spas and resorts.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have a 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 (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

 

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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.

Florida Massage Therapists Get Licenses Revoked

Multiple Florida Massage Therapists Lose License Due to Sexual Misconduct Complaints

On February 16, 2021, four licensed massage therapists in Florida had their license revoked following disciplinary actions brought by the Florida Department of Health Board of Massage Therapy alleging sexual misconduct. 

These disciplinary Orders continue a long and disturbing trend of sexual misconduct by massage therapists statewide. Under Florida law, massage therapists occupy positions of trust, and all sexual activity between the massage therapist and clients is strictly prohibited.

Honghua Cai (Tarpon Springs): A Final Order of discipline was entered on February 15, 2021, against Cai’s license following an allegation that while providing a massage to an undercover law enforcement officer on January 24, 2012, Cai touched the officer’s penis six times, offered manual masturbation, and offered to shower with the officer. She also failed to report her nolo contendere plea multiple times and failed to report a DUI in a timely fashion.

Jinhua Jin (Kissimmee): A Final Order of discipline was entered on February 16, 2021, against Jin’s license following an allegation of sexual misconduct at Spa Asia in Kissimmee, FL. On December 11, 2019, Jin performed a massage on an undercover police officer. Jin offered to perform manual masturbation for an additional charge.

Dezhu Ren (Middleburg): A Final Order of discipline was entered on February 16, 2021, against Ren’s license (which has been voluntarily relinquished) following an allegation of sexual misconduct at a Polk County massage establishment. On March 5, 2014, Ren performed a massage on an undercover police officer posing as a client as there were multiple complaints about illegal sexual activity occurring at the studio. Ren asked the “client” to remove his underwear in which he replied, no. Ren pulled down the officer’s underwear and massaged his buttocks and inner thighs. Ren removed the client’s underwear without permission and threw them across the room. Ren offered manual masturbation in which the cop said, “no, you.” Ren then proceeded to rub his penis with both hands until he stopped her. He then notified police surveillance units through a covert audio recording device and placed Ren under arrest.

Hui Feng Li (Jacksonville): A Final Order of discipline was entered on February 16, 2021, against Li’s license following an allegation of sexual misconduct at Florida Oasis Massage and Spa. On June 14, 2017, Li performed a massage on an undercover cop posing as a client. During the massage, Li offered and agreed to perform manual masturbation on the Jacksonville Sheriff.

Attorney Adam Horowitz has filed numerous sexual misconduct claims against massage therapists on behalf of clients who were inappropriately touched at spas and resorts.  A massage therapist is never permitted to have sexual contact with a client.  If you have a 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 (954) 641-2100 or send an email to sexual abuse lawyer Adam Horowitz at adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

 

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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.