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Sarasota County Doctor Thomas Lohstreter Arrested on Multiple Counts of Sexual Battery

On May 5, 2020, Sarasota County doctor, Thomas Lohstreter, was arrested on multiple charges involving unlawful sexual abuse of female patients.  Dr. Lohstreter has been under investigation since December 2019 since the first of a series of his patients began reporting sexual assaults to law enforcement. Since that first report, at least six other patients have made similar reports.

Thomas Lohstreter, age 70, is charged with three counts of sexual assault, one count of lewd or lascivious molestation upon an elderly disabled person and one count of battery.  The incidents are alleged to have occurred in patient rooms at the doctor’s place of employment, South County Medical Center (MCR Health) in Englewood, Florida.  According to law enforcement, Dr. Lohstreter admitted to at least one improper touching of a female patient during an interview.  Dr. Lohstreter. According to public records, Lohstreter was previously licensed to practice medicine in Minnesota and Georgia.  He was temporarily suspended by the American Board of Family Practice in 2013 for improper prescribing practices in Minnesota.

In addition to the pending criminal case, the Florida Department of Health has a pending administrative action against Dr. Lohstreter seeking to revoke his license.  Separate from these matters, Horowitz Law intends to file multiple civil lawsuits against Dr. Lohstreter.

Horowitz Law commends the alleged victims for their courage in reporting these incidents to law enforcement.  Attorney Adam Horowitz said, “Doctors occupy a unique position of trust in our society. Vulnerable patients seeking medical treatment should never be subjected to sexual assault.  This kind of abuse is a betrayal of trust at the highest level.”

Horowitz Law represents alledged victims of Dr. Thomas Lohstreter and is evaluating additional civil lawsuits against Dr. Thomas Lohstreter and his medical practice for sexual assault on female patients.  If you or someone you know has been subjected to sexual misconduct by Thomas Lohstreter, please call Horowitz Law at 1-888-283-9922 or send an e-mail to adam@adamhorowitzlaw.com

 

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.