The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, in an analysis of public records from every state, identified more than 3,100 doctors accused of sexual misconduct, including more than 2,400 doctors whose cases clearly involved patients.
Those numbers represent only a fraction of the doctors who had sexual violations since Jan. 1, 1999. Many violations never came to the attention of state regulators. In other cases, public board orders — i.e., public documents issued by a state medical board that discipline a doctor — weren’t posted on violations that did result in sanctions. So while the vast majority of the nation’s 900,000 licensed physicians don’t sexually abuse patients, no one knows the extent of the problem.
In a partnership with the AJC, the Dayton Daily News found doctors in this area who had their medical license suspended after sexual abuse accusations were brought forward. Several of those doctors are still practicing today.
FOLLOW OUR COVERAGE:
>>> EXCLUSIVE: After sex therapy, sanctioned doctors returned to practice
>>> MIAMI VALLEY PEDIATRICIAN: Doctor suspended for asking job applicant to disrobe
>>> RELIGION TO PLY PATIENTS: Spiritually manipulated; sexually exploited
>>> MORE: Patients violated, doctors rehabilitated
PREVIOUS COVERAGE FROM JULY
>>>LICENSE REVOKED: Doctor’s license revoked after accusations of improper touching
>>>SUSPENSION: Doctor: Medical board ‘overreacted’ in suspension
>>>HUBER HEIGHTS: Doctor accused of sexual advances toward 13 patients
>>>PRACTICING AGAIN: Dayton doctor suspended for two years allowed to practice again
>>>PUBLIC INDECENCY: Dayton-area doctor exposed his genitals to people for years
>>>EXCLUSIVE: Ohio doctors kept practicing after sexual misconduct
>>>EXPOSING FLAWS: Series exposes flaws in policing sex abuse involving Ohio doctors
>>>SECRET RECORDING: Police in Wilmington used secret recording, DNA to arrest doctor
>>>FORGIVING DOCTORS: Broken system forgives sexually abusive doctors in every state, investigation finds
>>> CONCEALED CASES: Doctors & Sex Abuse: Investigation shows how cases are concealed
>>> COMPLETE SERIES: Find the entire AJC investigation
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