When you’re seeing a doctor for a medical condition, the last thing you want to have to worry about is a history of sexual abuse or misconduct influencing your care. That’s a problem in Ohio, as this report points out.
The news report shows that one Dayton-area physician was found to still be working and earning a six-figure salary in the state prison system, even though he was convicted of public indecency in 2002. He admitted to exposing himself to other people, not just patients but young children and others, since he was a teenager. This is just one of several doctors still practicing medicine despite being sanctioned by medical boards in the state and in other states for improper sexual conduct.
Another doctor from Beavercreek was found to have had sex with two patients and to have impregnated another, and a doctor from Hamilton had his license suspended in Vermont for having sexual conduct with two patients.
The Ohio Medical Board is known to be one of the strictest in the United States, but it can still take years for physicians accused of sexual misconduct to face consequences for their actions. Take for instance a doctor from Huber Heights who was accused of inappropriate sexual advances against 13 different women. Even though the accusations dated back to 2003, the doctor was able to continue practicing until 2010. It wasn’t until he was convicted of trying to hire a hitman to kill his ex-wife that he lost his license to practice medicine.
When the medical board is slow to act, patients can suffer. If you find out your doctor has a sorted past and has been treating you improperly, you may be able to pursue a lawsuit.