Psychiatrist Javier P. Escalera incarcerated for probation violation following assault conviction; state revokes license
April 13, 2011
On March 29, 2011 the Medical Board of California issued a Notice of Out of State Suspension Order on psychiatrist Javier Ponce Escalera, based on violations and actions taken upon him in the state of Texas. The Texas Medical Board revoked Escalera’s license on February 4, 2011 for the following reasons:
On October 22, 2009, Escalera pleaded guilty in Harris County, Texas to a felony charge of Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon. He was placed on deferred adjudication, probation with conditions and a $300 fine. (Deferred adjudication means that the charge would be removed from his record if he complied with the terms of probation.)
On February 10, 2010, Escalera entered a plea of “true” to a charge that he had violated a condition of his probation, namely, by coming into “contact with injurious or vicious habits by using and coming into contact with an alcoholic beverage.” His probation was thus revoked and the court issued a Judgment Adjudicating Guilt on the original charge, resulting in a conviction and two-year prison sentence. He is projected to be incarcerated at the Texas Dept. of Criminal Justice Smith Unit in LaMesa, Texas until January 7, 2012.
Escalera failed to notify the Texas Medical Board of any information related to the felony charge for which he is now incarcerated.
Escalera’s Texas medical license expired on August 31, 2009. Though he renewed it on November 13, 2009, records show that he continued to engage in the practice of medicine while his license was delinquent, writing seven prescriptions for controlled substances.
Source: Agreed Order of Revocation in the Matter of the License of Javier P. Escalera, M.D., License No. M-7169, Before the Texas Medical Board and Notice of Out of State Suspension Order, issued to Javier Ponce Escalera, California License A-95344, Case Number 16-2011-213165, Medical Board of California.
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