A doctor in Florida has been arrested for raping at least two female patients while under his care.
The Naples Police Department received complaints from women who advised being sexually battered while receiving cosmetic medical treatments at the Pura Vida Medical Spa, located at 350 5th Avenue South, Unit #203 in Naples.
The women identified their assailant as Dr. Eric Andrew Salata, a 54-year-old board-certified physician.
One victim told investigators that she was administered nitrous oxide to assist with sedation and pain from a procedure.
During the procedure, as the nitrous oxide was wearing off, she found Dr. Salata performing sexual intercourse.
The victim “felt shocked” after the sedation subsided about what had taken place, contacted police, and submitted to a sexual assault examination which was sent to the FDLE laboratory for the continuing investigation.
A second victim came forward and relayed to police a similar account about her experience while under sedation at Pura Vida Medical Spa with Dr. Salata.
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Detectives collected sexual assault evidence, which was also submitted to the FDLE laboratory for comparison and to support a prosecution of Dr. Salata.
Dr. Salata was located at the Pura Vida Clinic on Monday night and placed under arrest for two counts of Sexual Battery to a Physically Helpless Person.
Detectives also served a search warrant on the practice to locate any additional evidence. Dr. Salata’s first court appearance is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon, November 22nd.
Any persons with additional information regarding these investigations should contact the Naples Police Department at 239-213-3000.
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