Rep. DesJarlais reprimanded for sex with patients

Thursday, May 23, 2013 at 1:47pm

Rep. Scott DesJarlais, a licensed physician, was reprimanded and fined by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners for having sex with patients before he was elected to Congress, according to documents released Thursday.

The Republican won re-election last year despite revelations he had affairs with patients and once urged one of them to seek an abortion.

He was fined $500 for two counts of unprofessional conduct, and is responsible for up to $1,000 in costs for the panel's investigation. He did not contest the findings.

The ruling comes in response to two complaints filed by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, which called the penalties "piteous."

"This decision demonstrates that Tennessee's ban on sexual exploitation of patients is essentially meaningless," Melanie Sloan, the group's executive director, said in a statement. "Doctors in the Volunteer State can freely prey on patients with little fear of repercussions."

The watchdog group has also filed an ethics complaint in the U.S. House.

DesJarlais did not immediately return a message seeking comment from The Associated Press. But the congressman told The Tennessean newspaper: "I take responsibility for past mistakes and am happy to get this resolved."

DesJarlais nevertheless called the complaint politically motivated, saying it "somewhat ironic" that he had gone without any complaints filed against him in the 20 years he practiced before his election to Congress.

DesJarlais has already drawn two Republican challengers in advance of next year's primary. State Sen. Jim Tracy and state Rep. Joe Carr have far outraised the incumbent through the first quarter of the year.

During his 2010 and 2012 campaigns, DesJarlais tried to cast doubt on reports of violent behavior and multiple affairs before his divorce was finalized in 2001. But court transcripts released the week after the election showed he admitted to eight affairs, encouraged a lover to get an abortion, which he publicly opposes, and used a gun to intimidate his ex-wife during an argument.

The sworn testimony also revealed for the first time that the congressman had agreed when his ex-wife had two abortions.

17 Comments on this post:

By: Jughead on 5/23/13 at 2:59

All sex should be patient. It lasts longer and feels better.

By: La-La on 5/23/13 at 3:41

Jughead...stay off the internet.

By: amyinsparta on 5/23/13 at 5:25

Well, that shows just how important doctor-patient relations are. I wonder how much they would fine a doctor for raping one of his patients? A grand maybe? sheesh

By: joe41 on 5/23/13 at 6:23

He should have his testicals removed.

Joe

By: ancienthighway on 5/23/13 at 8:43

Of course he's happy it's resolved. $500 fine for 2 incidents, keep the license to practice, keep his seat. He would have easily paid more than that for 2 prostitutes in DC.

By: pswindle on 5/24/13 at 6:12

Did you see him on TV questioning a witness on the IRS? He is such a joke. Is the best that TN has to offer?

By: Rocket99 on 5/24/13 at 7:14

He needs to go.

By: govskeptic on 5/24/13 at 7:44

Sounds like the Boards Investigation came up with very little, to the dismay of
the press and opponents, concerning this case. They rejected most of the
complaints and settled on this minor infraction and fine with the cases not closed.

By: rorman on 5/24/13 at 7:48

It is a sad day when we lost DIANE BLACK with the reorganization. I can't find anyone who voted for him. He must have the prison vote. Yes, he needs to go.....any where.

By: C.A.Jones on 5/24/13 at 7:56

Thank God for Dr. Scott DesJarlais!!! He is a good man and will continue to do good things for the great state of TN while he is there in Washington. THANK YOU!!!!

By: Jughead on 5/24/13 at 8:48

I love how liberals forgive Bill Clinton for doinking near-minors (and lying about it under oath), yet want to hang this guy.

Liberals are dishonest pukes.

By: global_citizen on 5/24/13 at 9:55

The extent of his punishment for such an egregious act of professional misconduct is a maximum of $1500? No suspension or revocation of his medical license? Would any other doctor get such a slap on the wrist or does DesJarlais' political prominence entitle him to privileged treatment?

By: GUARDIAN on 5/24/13 at 10:09

Doctors sometime marry patients. Politicians sometime double team sexy movie stars, drown secretaries, get boat lap daces, test drive cigars indoors, use midnight bath houses and strip naked for their webcam. Should I go on? GUARDIAN-GOD, COUNTRY, FAMILY and FRIENDS. The American Way.

By: Jughead on 5/24/13 at 10:21

You libs condemn what is done daily in your moronic troop. It is laughable that libs now parade the flag of morality when they embrace immorality and depravity in all other areas.

By: TITAN1 on 5/24/13 at 12:50

I'm not a Lib and I wish your father had used a condom.

By: Jughead on 5/24/13 at 3:14

@TITAN1: He did with your mother. And, your sister and daughter.

By: pswindle on 5/25/13 at 1:28

Diane Black, you have got to be kidding!