The report card for each state contains the scores it received when we evaluated it for how well it protects patients against sexually abusive doctors. The overall rating is the average of the score the state received in each category. In states with two medical boards, one for osteopathic physicians and the other for medical doctors, the overall rating is based on an average of each board’s scores.
Click on the boxes below to read how Oklahoma did on each category — and how we calculated the score for the categories.
Dr. Juan Lases
Back in 1986, the Oklahoma board suspended Lases' license because of sexual misconduct with two minor patients -- a 10-year-old male and a 17-year-old female. But in 1988, the board allowed him to return to practice on probation, and all the conditions of probation were lifted in 1991.
Then in 2010, the doctor signed an agreement not to practice, and in 2012 was pleaded no contest to sexual battery and indecent exposure.
A news report said he groped a patient while masturbating.
A judge called him a sexual predator after he admitted he had masturbated in public more than 100 times, according to The Oklahoman.
The judge sentenced Lases to 10 years in prison. In 2013, he surrendered his license.
The Journal-Constitution was unable to reach Lases for comment.
“There exists in a physician’s position such a vast disparity of power and influence between the physician and those affected by this disparity that sexual relationships are improper and unprofessional…Consent by the patient shall be no defense."
— Oklahoma board of Medical Licensure and Supervision position statement on sexual misconduct
The medical and osteopathic boards do not post disciplinary orders online, and their online lists of disciplinary actions do not include the reasons the doctors were sanctioned. The public must pay for copies of orders.
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