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Felony sexual assault conviction may not bar continued practice

In 36 states, there is no law preventing doctors who have been imprisoned on felony charges, molested patients, or demanded sex in exchange for prescription drugs from continuing to see patients. A national examination of the system conducted by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as part of its "Doctors and Sex Abuse" series found that some states—Minnesota, for example—automatically and permanently revoke if the physician has a felony sexual assault conviction. The majority, however, leave the decision to the medical board. Some board executives argue that . . .

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