Florida dentist pleads no contest to misdemeanor battery charges

A Florida dentist recently pleaded no contest to six misdemeanor battery charges for allegedly inappropriately touching female patients, the Pensacola News Journal reported Jan. 20. 

Charles Stamitoles, DDS, of Pensacola, Fla., was arrested several times in 2022 for allegedly inappropriately touching female patients and an employee. He was found guilty of misdemeanor battery for one case in October and sentenced to nine months in jail in November. He was also ordered to pay $625 in court fees and $1,350 in restitution and to have no contact with the employee in the case. 

The Florida Department of Health restricted his dental license June 22, barring him from practicing dentistry on female patients.

By pleading no contest, Dr. Stamitoles will avoid a trial for the remaining six misdemeanor charges against him. He still faces a felony battery charge for allegedly inappropriately touching an elderly patient and has pending complaints against his dental license from the Florida Department of Health.

Dr. Stamitoles is scheduled to be sentenced Jan. 27.

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