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Nov. 25, 2022
Naples, Florida – A 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 sexual battery to a physically helpless person.
The Naples Police Department says it received complaints from women who said they’d been battered while receiving cosmetic medical treatments at the Pura Vida Medical Spa in Naples.
The women identified Salata as the assailant, Naples police said.
One woman told police she was sedated with nitrous oxide to assist with sedation and pain from a procedure. She alleged that she found Salata having sex with her as the nitrous oxide was wearing off according to Fox News.
Police said the woman felt “shocked,” and contacted police.
Another woman alleged a similar experience while under sedation at Pura Vida Medical Spa with Salata. Detectives collected sexual assault evidence, which they also submitted to a forensics laboratory for comparison and to support a prosecution of Salata, police said.
Salata was located at the Pura Vida Clinic Monday evening and arrested. Detectives also served a search warrant on the practice to locate any additional evidence.
Salata made his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.