Florida psychiatrist suspended for sexual misconduct

October 3, 2017

According to an article in the Miami Herald:

"Dr. Ely Pelta, a Coral Springs [Florida] psychiatrist, was suspended from practicing medicine for six months by the Florida Board of Medicine in August as part of a settlement over sexual misconduct charges stemming from suggestive text messages he sent to a patient in May 2014. The Department of Health knew for years about similar charges made against Pelta by another patient in 2006, but could not discipline the doctor because the patient declined to testify against her psychiatrist. It is a crime in Florida for a psychiatrist to engage in a sexual relationship with a patient."

The text messages included telling her she needed a "sugar daddy" and that he wanted her to be his "sugar baby."

SOURCE: Daniel Chang, "Doctor’s license suspended after he texted female patient ‘You need a sugar daddy,'" Miami Herald, 29 Sep 2017, http://www.miamiherald.com/news/health-care/article176221116.html.

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