DesJarlais could face professional discipline over affair
By Chris Carroll, Chattanooga Times Free Press - bio | email
DesJarlais, a freshman congressman running for re-election on a pro-life platform urged his pregnant mistress to get an abortion a decade ago, according to a transcript of the recorded conversation.
CHATTANOOGA, TN (Times Free Press) -- At least five Tennessee physicians have been disciplined for having consensual sexual relationships with patients since mid-2005, state records show.
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, R-Jasper, isn't one of them, despite conducting such a relationship with a patient he met on the job. His record shows no history of patient complaints, and he's still a registered family practice physician whose license doesn't expire until 2014.
But even though it's at least a decade old, a phone transcript that revealed DesJarlais pressuring his former patient to abort a pregnancy could lead to disciplinary action.
"There is no statute of limitations on filing complaints against licensed health professionals," said Shelley Walker, a spokeswoman for the Tennessee Department of Health.