Florida med spa doctor accused of sexually abusing sedated patients: Police

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A southwest Florida doctor was arrested this week for allegedly drugging and abusing his female patients while they were sedated, police said.

Dr. Eric Andrew Salata, 54, a board-certified physician, is charged with two counts of sexually assaulting a physically helpless person.

Dr. Eric Andrew Salata is charged with two counts of sexual battery to a physically helpless person.
(Naples PD)

Naples police say they have received complaints from women who said they had been assaulted during cosmetic medical treatments at the Pura Vida Medical Spa in Naples.

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The women identified Salata as the attacker, Naples police said.

One woman told police she was sedated with nitrous oxide to help with anesthesia and pain during a procedure. She claimed she saw Salata having sex with her while the nitrous oxide was waning.

Police said the woman was “shocked” and contacted police. They said she submitted to a sexual assault investigation which was sent to a forensic lab for further investigation.

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Another woman claimed a similar experience while under anesthesia at Pura Vida Medical Spa with Salata, police said. Detectives collected evidence of sexual assault, which they also submitted to a forensic lab for comparison and to support a prosecution of Salata, police said.

Salata was found and arrested Monday night at the Pura Vida Clinic. Detectives have also issued a search warrant to find additional evidence.

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Salata appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday afternoon. His lawyer could not be reached for comment on Thursday.

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Police are asking anyone with information about this case to contact the Naples Police Department at 239-213-3000.

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