On April 6, 2004 Dr. Juan Manzur was convicted on nine felony counts including kidnapping, battery with a deadly weapon and child abuse. Today he's appearing before a hearing officer to determine if his medical license should be taken away.
Dr. Juan Manzur, Convicted Felon, "I voluntarily, I'm giving up my license right now. I'm not interested in maintaining my license to practice in the state of Nevada."
You may think this was an easy call...with felony convictions his license should be taken away. Not so.
Tony Clark, Medical Board Executive Secretary,"If this had happened in Tonopah for instance, where there is no media over view and a lot of reporting about it, we might have a very difficult time proving this case of bring disrepute."
To understand why you have to go back in time.In the late hours of the 2003-legislative session lawmakers passed AB-55. Touted as a way to restore the civil rights of certain felons especially as it applies to voting...the bill also included provisions for licensing professionals in this state...Veteriarians, Accountants, barbers and others and the boards that license them now play under different rules.
If the person is a convicted felon...the licensing boards cannot take that into consideration to deny or revoke a license unless the felony relates to the specific profession. In essence Clark says, AB-55 changed the traditional roll of licensing boards.
We don't know the full impact of this law just yet, but we do know for the State Board of Medical Examiners its made pulling the license in the worst case scenario more problematic. Case in point, this man Dr. David Glenn Evans. He's a pediatric resident at University Medical Center in Las Vegas. Dr. Evans faces 61-counts of child sexual assault, child pornography, and use of a child to create pornography. While not convicted on these counts yet--surprisingly it might be tough for the state medical board to pull his license in light of a conviction...that's because there may be no evidence these crimes occurred while practicing medicine. Instead the board has suspended Dr. Evan's license for quote: "Disrepute to the profession."
Clark contends the job gets even tougher if there is no media coverage of doctor arrest and conviction. While few people would argue the seriousness of Dr. Evan's arrests, back in March 2003 in Parumph Dr. Everett Freer was convicted of incest and lewdness with a child under 14. Not a well known case, Clark claims they were able to take Dr. Freers license before the new law went into effect...otherwise he could still be practicing.
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