A car crash has lead to sex crimes charges against a 64-year-old Jupiter doctor.
The State Attorney’s Office’s Human Trafficking Task Force became involved with the case after a passenger in the man’s car was one of two underage girls he allegedly plied with alcohol, drugs and money for sex.
The man is out on $52,000 bond after being charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery (engaging in sexual activity with a person between the ages of 12 and 16) and two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.
He is currently prohibited from doing any medical work until the Professional Resource Network tells the Department of Health he’s good to go.
According to the Department of Health, the man entered a five-year monitoring agreement with PRN in 2012 after being diagnosed with cocaine and alcohol dependence and mood disorder.
His urine tested positive for cocaine in September 2012 and his hair tested positive for cocaine in March 2013. He was allowed to return to practice in May 2013.
After his hair tested positive for cocaine in 2015, the man went into treatment at the HealthCare Connection from May 27 through Aug. 26.
It was on Aug. 26, 2015, that the man got into a car crash. His injuries put him in the hospital for four months.
Because of the runaway underage girl as a passenger, criminal charges were filed in September 2016.
The man returned to practice after bonding out. In 2017, he apparently tested positive for drugs three times and took part in three treatment programs.
Lewd and lascivious battery, also known as statutory rape, is a second degree felony that can carry punishment up to fifteen years in state prison and a lifetime of registering as sex offender. This type of crime is serious and if you or someone you love is facing these charges, you must seek legal help right away. Our Florida Lewd & Lascivious Conduct Defense Attorneys at Whittel & Melton can make sure your rights are protected.
Lewd and lascivious conduct or statutory rape is not the same as a charge of sexual battery. Sexual battery involves rape and lewd and lascivious conduct is illegal contact with a minor, regardless of whether that person appeared to agree to the acts in question. Even if you did not force the other person to have sex, you can be charged and convicted for lewd and lascivious conduct.
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