Ohio Lawmakers Consider Legislation to Crack Down on Doctor Sex Abuse

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Apr 17, 2023 | 0 Comments

In Ohio, a stalled bill designed to strengthen professional penalties for doctor sexual abuse may get a fresh look this year from Ohio lawmakers, according to the Columbus Dispatch. The bill had stalled in last year's session but is being reconsidered in the wake of a press investigation that uncovered a systemic issue with doctor sex abuse in the state, including dozens of physicians that are still in practice after being disciplined. The bill has the endorsement of Governor DeWine and the State Medical Board of Ohio.

If passed in its current form, three of the most poignant provisions of the bill would include:

  • Required disclosure by doctors on probation. Under the bill, physicians on probation for sexual misconduct would be required by law to inform their patients of their probation.
  • Automatic suspension for disciplinary actions in other states. Any Ohio-licensed physician who had their license suspended or revoked in another state or who was indicted would face an automatic 90-day suspension of their Ohio medical license.
  • More transparency during investigations. The Ohio Board of Medicine would be authorized to disclose the status of a license investigation with the person who filed the complaint.

Ramifications for Licensed Physicians

While the intent of this bill is to provide stronger protections for the public against instances of physician sexual abuse, it also presents some unpleasant difficulties for doctors who may be falsely accused, as well as physicians who are disciplined for lesser instances of sexual misconduct. For example, a doctor on probation by the Board of Medicine would probably not have committed a serious offense (i.e., worthy of losing their license), yet under this law, the doctor would be forced to disclose this unflattering information with patients--thereby causing unfair and unnecessary harm to their practice. Likewise, any doctor seeking a fresh start in Ohio after being unfairly disciplined in another state would now have to face additional repercussions in Ohio.

The gist of these concerns is that this bill in its current form may be overreaching by penalizing the innocent (or lesser offenders) right along with more serious offenders. Ohio lawmakers should make sure to consider the ramifications of this law on all licensed physicians, not just those who have been disciplined for sexual abuse.

A Growing Trend?

The Ohio bill may be indicative of a larger trend as more states consider tightening penalties for physicians believed to have abused their patients. The State of California has already passed a similar law requiring doctors to notify patients if they are on probation, along with a more recent law permanently banning any physician found guilty of sexual misconduct from ever practicing in the state again. While laws like these bring some much-needed accountability where oversight has been lacking, they also have the potential to be misused in a way that hurts doctors who are falsely accused. At the very least, stories like these underscore the need for physicians to have an experienced professional licensed defense attorney in their corner at the first indication of allegations of misconduct.

Attorney Joseph D. Lento and his professional license defense team have years of nationwide experience assisting physicians and other licensed professionals whose licenses are at risk. Call the Lento Law Firm at 888-535-3686 today to schedule a consultation.

About the Author

Joseph D. Lento

"I pride myself on having heart and driving hard to get results!" Attorney Joseph D. Lento has unparalleled experience fighting for the futures of his professional clients nationwide. With unparalleled experience occupying several roles in the justice system outside of being an attorney, Joseph D. Lento can give you valuable behind-the-scenes insight as to what is happening during all phases of the legal process. In the courtroom and in life, attorney Joseph D. Lento stands up when the bell rings!


There are no comments for this post. Be the first and Add your Comment below.

Leave a Comment


Attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm are committed to answering your questions about Physician License Defense, Nursing License Defense, Pharmacist License Defense, Psychologist and Psychiatrist License Defense, Dental License Defense, Chiropractic License Defense, Real Estate License Defense, Professional Counseling License Defense, and Other Professional Licenses law issues nationwide.
The Lento Law Firm will gladly discuss your case with you at your convenience. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.

This website was created only for general information purposes. It is not intended to be construed as legal advice for any situation. Only a direct consultation with a licensed Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York attorney can provide you with formal legal counsel based on the unique details surrounding your situation. The pages on this website may contain links and contact information for third party organizations - the Lento Law Firm does not necessarily endorse these organizations nor the materials contained on their website. In Pennsylvania, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout Pennsylvania's 67 counties, including, but not limited to Philadelphia, Allegheny, Berks, Bucks, Carbon, Chester, Dauphin, Delaware, Lancaster, Lehigh, Monroe, Montgomery, Northampton, Schuylkill, and York County. In New Jersey, attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New Jersey's 21 counties: Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Cumberland, Essex, Gloucester, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Ocean, Passaic, Salem, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren County, In New York, Attorney Joseph D. Lento represents clients throughout New York's 62 counties. Outside of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and New York, unless attorney Joseph D. Lento is admitted pro hac vice if needed, his assistance may not constitute legal advice or the practice of law. The decision to hire an attorney in Philadelphia, the Pennsylvania counties, New Jersey, New York, or nationwide should not be made solely on the strength of an advertisement. We invite you to contact the Lento Law Firm directly to inquire about our specific qualifications and experience. Communicating with the Lento Law Firm by email, phone, or fax does not create an attorney-client relationship. The Lento Law Firm will serve as your official legal counsel upon a formal agreement from both parties. Any information sent to the Lento Law Firm before an attorney-client relationship is made is done on a non-confidential basis.