§ 16.110. Sexual misconduct.
(a) Sexual exploitation by a Board-regulated practitioner of a current or former patient, or of an immediate family member of a patient, constitutes unprofessional conduct, is prohibited, and subjects the practitioner to disciplinary action under section 41(8) of the act (63 P. S. § 422.41(8)).
(b) Sexual behavior that occurs with a current patient other than the Board-regulated practitioners spouse constitutes unprofessional conduct, is prohibited and subjects the practitioner to disciplinary action under section 41(8) of the act.
(c) When a Board-regulated practitioner is involved with the management or treatment of a patient other than the practitioners spouse for a mental health disorder, sexual behavior with that former patient which occurs prior to the 2-year anniversary of the termination of the professional relationship constitutes unprofessional conduct, is prohibited and subjects the practitioner to disciplinary action under section 41(8) of the act.
(d) A practitioner who engages in conduct prohibited by this section will not be eligible for placement into an impaired professional program in lieu of disciplinary or corrective actions.
(e) Consent is not a defense to conduct prohibited by this section.
The provisions of this § 16.110 issued under sections 8 and 41(8) of the Medical Practice Act of 1985 (63 P.S. § § 442.8 and 442.41(8)).
The provisions of this § 16.110 adopted January 2, 2004, effective January 3, 2004, 34 Pa.B. 40.
This section cited in 49 Pa. Code § 18.609 (relating to disciplinary action for licensed perfusionists); 49 Pa. Code § 18.708 (relating to disciplinary action for applicants and genetic counselors); and 49 Pa. Code § 18.853 (relating to unprofessional and immoral conduct).
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