A Southwest Florida doctor was arrested this week for allegedly drugging and abusing his patients while they were sedated, police said.
Dr Eric Andrew Salata, 54, a licensed physician, is charged with two counts of sexual assault against a physically helpless person.
The Naples Police Department said it received complaints from women who said they were beaten while receiving cosmetic medical treatment at Pura Vida Medical Spa in Naples.
The women identified Salata as the attacker, Naples police said.
A woman told police she had been sedated with nitrous oxide to help with sedation and pain relief from a procedure. She alleged that she found Salata having sex with her as the nitrous oxide wore off.
Police said the woman felt “shocked” and contacted police. They said she submitted to a sexual assault examination which was sent to a forensic laboratory for further investigation.
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Another woman alleged a similar experience while sedated at Pura Vida Medical Spa with Salata, police said. Detectives collected sexual assault evidence, which they also submitted to a forensic lab for comparison and to support a prosecution against Salata, police said.
Salata was located at the Pura Vida clinic on Monday evening and arrested. Detectives also served a search warrant on the practice to locate any further evidence.
Salata made his first court appearance on Tuesday afternoon. His lawyer could not be reached for comment on Thursday.
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Police are asking anyone with information about this case to contact the Naples Police Department at 239-213-3000.