Florida Doctor Accused of Raping Sedated Women

A Florida doctor was charged this week with raping two women while they were sedated at a medical spa.

Eric Andrew Salata, 54, was arrested on two counts of sexual battery on a physically helpless person on Monday and released on bond the following day, the Miami Herald reported.

The Naples doctor is accused of using nitrous oxide — laughing gas — and assaulting the women during cosmetic medical treatments at Pure Vida Medical Spa, which he owns with his wife.

Naples police launched an investigation in late October when a woman reported that she’d been given nitrous oxide for her treatment, but as it wore off, she realized Salata was having sex with her.

She also said that Salata prescribed Xanax for her to take before the procedure and offered her tequila to help with the very painful procedure, according to WBBH. The woman said she came to twice — Salata was performing oral sex on her the first time and having intercourse with her the second time.

A second woman came forward with a similar story. She said Salata increased her dose of nitrous oxide before raping her and that she suffered a bruised lip from his kiss.

The two women were 51 and 72 years old.

The Herald said that Salata has no disciplinary actions in Florida, Minnesota, and Maryland, the places where he has held a medical license.

WBBH reported that his bond was $200,000.

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[Featured image: Eric Andrew Salata/Collier County Sheriff’s Office]