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from the State Medical Board of Ohio

Board Guidance on Filing Complaints for Sexual Misconduct

It is the mission of the State Medical Board of Ohio to protect and enhance the health and safety of the public through effective regulation. In addition to physicians, the medical board regulates the licenses of a dozen allied medical professionals including massage therapists.

All license holders are held to the highest standards of legal and ethical behavior. The medical board has zero tolerance for sexual misconduct, and encourages the public to report all instances of inappropriate behavior immediately.

Recent media coverage of sexual assaults may encourage others in Ohio to come forward, and the medical board would like to ensure that victims are aware of not only the criminal charges but also the regulatory complaints that can be filed. If a complaint to the medical board is investigated and confirmed, professionals can face disciplinary action up to license revocation and a significant fine.

Steps to take if you feel you are the victim of – or have knowledge of – inappropriate touching or other assaults by a licensed provider in Ohio:

1. Contact law enforcement, and provide full details of the misconduct that occurred.

2. File a complaint with the State Medical Board of Ohio.

Please note that complaints and investigations are confidential per Ohio law; your name will never be made public to any outside party. Formal board action against licensees is available on the board’s website.

Those who hold a license from the State Medical Board of Ohio have a duty to report peers who have violated rules, laws and ethics standards. Failure to report can result in fines of up to $20,000 and disciplinary action.

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