Embattled Florida dentist barred from female patients

The Florida Department of Health restricted the license of Charles Stamitoles, DDS, June 22 in response to the dentist's legal history, barring him from practicing dentistry on female patients.

Dr. Stamitoles, 64, was first arrested May 27, accused of inappropriately touching an employee in multiple incidents at his dental practice, Stamitoles Dental Center in Pensacola, Fla. The employee told police three other women claim to have had a similar experience with the dentist, WEAR-TV reported June 2. 

He was arrested again June 2 and a third time June 17, according to arrest records from the Escambia County jail. Dr. Stamitoles now faces four battery charges of inappropriately touching an employee and three patients, WEAR-TV reported June 23. 

In the emergency order, the state health department listed several disciplinary events brought against Dr. Stamitoles beginning in or around 1990, including a suspension and revocation of his license. It also listed several instances in which the dentist was arrested and charged with battery for allegedly inappropriately touching patients.

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