Florida doctor found dead after allegedly raping sedated patients

Florida doctor found dead after allegedly raping sedated patients

Posted For: Willie Wonka

Florida doctor charged with raping two sedated women while they were undergoing cosmetic medical procedures has been found dead in a ditch near his home, authorities said.

Dr. Eric Andrew Salata, 54, of Naples, was charged Nov. 21 with two counts of sexual battery to a physically helpless person in the assaults of his 51- and 73-year-old patients.

On Tuesday, the Collier County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the alleged sicko was found dead, the Naples Daily News reported.

An incident report cited by the Daily Beast says Salata’s body was found during a welfare check after his ankle monitor hadn’t budged for several hours Monday.

After finding his boot sticking up in local woods, police discovered the doctor’s body — with a gunshot wound to the head and a handgun lying nearby, the news outlet reported.

Salata — who had practiced medicine for over 30 years — left two notes, his credit cards and his wedding ring at his home before his death, according to the report cited by the Daily Beast.

Police stressed that his death has not yet been ruled a suicide because an autopsy hasn’t been completed, but a spokesperson told the outlet that it “does not appear to be suspicious.”

Sheriff’s spokeswoman Michelle Batten did not release additional details about the death.

The 51-year-old woman told investigators that Salata administered laughing gas during a procedure last month, when she felt him touch her private parts, a report obtained by the Naples Daily News said. When she questioned him about what he was doing, he stopped.

He then used more gas and offered her an unknown clear liquid — possibly tequila — to drink, leading her to become intoxicated and pass out.

She said she later saw Salata performing oral sex and penetrating her.

The other woman also told cops that Salata raped her during her procedure.

Judge Michael Provost had set a $100,000 bond for Salata, who paid cash bail to the courts and bonded out from jail, the Naples Daily News reported.

The doctor’s practice, Pura Vida Medical Spa, focused on body contouring, skin care and spa treatments.

Adam Horowitz, an attorney for one of the victims, told the Daily Beast on Tuesday that Salata has “escaped justice.”

“It is disappointing and frustrating that Dr. Salata has escaped justice,” Horowitz said in a statement. “It took tremendous courage for my client to tell her truth. She was ready to hold him accountable in court.”

He also told the Naples Daily News that when a criminal defendant suddenly dies, the case becomes civil.

Horowitz said he plans to pursue a civil case against Salata’s business and estate.


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