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Rep. Scott DesJarlais Fined $500 for Sexual Misconduct

| by Michael Allen
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Rep. Scott DesJarlais (R-TN), who is also a doctor, was fined $500 by the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners on Thursday because of reported sexual affairs with his patients.

The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners ruled that Rep. DesJarlais violated Tennessee law by having affairs with at least two female patients.

“I take responsibility for past mistakes and am happy to get this resolved,” DesJarlais told The Tennessean.

The Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) filed a complaint against Rep. DesJarlais in 2012. The pro-life congressman was also accused of pressuring one of the women to get an abortion.

“I’ve practiced medicine more than 20 years and never had a complaint lodged against me,” said Rep. DesJarlais.

"Perhaps the reason no one filed a complaint against him earlier was that few people knew what he had done,” responded CREW executive director Melanie Sloan, who was not impressed by the $500 fine.

“There are more expensive traffic tickets. Tennessee authorities apparently believe sexual exploitation of women is less serious than speeding."

Source: The Tennessean

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