While sex offenders in New York may soon be prohibited from managing apartment buildings, one Minnesota sex offender has been allowed to keep his license to practice as a chiropractor. From the Star-Tribune:
This month, more than six years after revoking [Dr. Scott Fredin]'s license for the felony convictions, the state Board of Chiropractic Examiners granted Fredin's request to get his license back. To protect Fredin's clients, the board said he cannot treat any female patients without someone else in the room. Fredin is working in Minneapolis, but he can't treat patients until regulators approve his new location.Under state law, many professionals -- including dentists, psychologists and nurses -- can't be barred from practicing after a criminal conviction as long as they can show licensing boards they were rehabilitated.
Larry Spicer, executive director of the chiropractic board, said citizens often want regulators to take a firm stand when an "egregious case" occurs, but he said the board's hands are tied by law.However, there are no second chances at the state Board of Medical Practice, which regulates 22,000 health-care providers, including physicians, midwives and acupuncturists. In 1995, the Legislature passed a law requiring the board to yank the medical license of anyone convicted of a felony-level sexual offense.Regulators used that law in 2008 to revoke the license of a New Brighton psychiatrist after he pleaded guilty to having sex with a patient who had been hospitalized for depression. A Roseville doctor got the boot after pleading guilty to charges related to fondling a girl he was treating for asthma.