Psychiatrist gets "popped" for kissing vulnerable female patient
February 4, 2014
According to records acquired by the Tampa chapter of Citizens Commission on Human Rights, psychiatrist Ioan Pop was criminally convicted and and may lose his license next month due to an act of sexual misconduct with a vulnerable female patient who had been involuntarily committed to Mount Sinai Medical Center in Miami.
The records state that on April 27, 2013, Pop, who was in the patient's room at Mount Sinai, kissed the patient on the mouth while holding her face and asked her sex-related questions. Pop also called the patient several times after she was released.
The DoH records state that the patient stated that thought she attempted to resist him, she was fearful of rejecting Pop because he was the only physician who could authorize her release.
Following her May 1, 2013 release, the patient went to the police as Pop was repeatedly calling her. She allowed a police officer to listen in on one of Pop's calls where he stated to her "not to discuss the incident at the hospitalwith anyone" and that he "liked her anatomy and her liked her tongue very much"
On July 25, 2013, based on findings of sexual misconduct, the Florida Department of Health restricted Pop on an emergency basis from treating female patients.
On September 18, 2013, Pop was found guilty of battery and was sentenced to one year of probation and ordered to stay away from the former patient.
The entry on Dr. Pop on the website of the Florida Department of Health states that Pop will be surrendering his license.
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