Florida Doctor Arrested And Charged For Abuse Of Sedated Patients

Eric Andrew Salata

Southwest Florida police have arrested a doctor for allegedly abusing and drugging his sedated female patients.

Two counts of sexual battery against a physically helpless person have been filed against Dr. Eric Andrew Salata, 54.

Police in Naples have received complaints from women who say they were sexually assaulted during cosmetic medical treatments at Pura Vida Medical Spa.

Police in Naples said the women identified Salata as the attacker.

A woman reported that she was sedated with nitrous oxide before undergoing a procedure. As the nitrous oxide wore off, she discovered Salata having sex with her.

A police report stated that the woman felt “shocked,” and contacted them. A sexual assault examination was conducted and sent to a forensic laboratory for further investigation.

A second woman reported a similar experience while under sedation at Pura Vida Medical Spa with Salata, police said. Detectives collected evidence, which they submitted to a forensics laboratory for comparison and to support Salata’s prosecution.

On Monday evening, Salata was arrested at the Pura Vida Clinic and a search warrant was served on the practice to locate any additional evidence.

His defense attorney was not available for comment after Salata’s first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

Anyone with information about this case is asked to call the Naples Police Department at 239-213-3000.

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