Has anybody else heard about this story? Such an awful situation.
Former Ben Taub doctor accused of raping patient testifies sex was consensual - Houston Chronicle
Many surprised at sentence for ex-Baylor doctor who raped a Houston hospital patient - Houston Chronicle
More than anything, I was horrified by the defense attorney's justification for the act:
"Here we have this Latina woman with her fake boobs that came onto that little nerdy middle-aged guy, and he lost his mind."
I can't imagine anyone thinking that would be a reasonable justification for a healthcare provider to have any
sexual relation with a patient, let alone sexually assaulting a patient who is sedated and inherently lacks the capacity to consent or resist.
The case has highlighted the vulnerability and powerlessness that many patients feel in the healthcare setting, as well as the power differential between providers and patients.
Interestingly, the prosecutor argued that the physician should have gotten prison time (the maximum sentence) rather than probation because "we hold doctors to a higher standard." As healthcare providers, and consequently as trusted members of the community, I do feel that we should be held to a higher standard when it comes to engaging with vulnerable populations.
Although not serving jail time, this physician will serve probation, has to register as a sex offender, and has lost his license.