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December-19-96

Doctor Gives Up License Amid Re-newed Charges of Sexually Abusing Female Patients

A Somerset, Kentucky doctor who has twice been on probation for allegedly sexually abusing female patients, has given up his license amid new charges. The Kentucky Board of Medical Licensure required a nurse to monitor the examinations because Dr. Russell C. Holtzclaw had been placed on probation in 1987 and 1993 for sexual misconduct. He examined a 17-year-old's breast and body without the nurse monitor and made inappropriate comments about her body during the examination. Holtzclaw is also under investigation for his financial dealings with two elderly and now deceased female patients. He had been placed on probation for three years in 1987 because of a patient's complaint of sexual misconduct. He was again placed on probation in 1993 for allegedly attempting to rape and sexually abuse a patient while exposing himself to her. He later gave the woman's mother $5000 to keep quiet about the incident. In the same year, three other patients filed complaints of sexual misconduct.

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