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Idaho court rules on Boise doctor with revoked license
By the Associated Press
June 24, 2015

Richard Pines

Psychiatrist Richard Pines

BOISE — The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that a Boise child and adolescent psychiatrist violated state law by having improper sexual contact with two former patients.

However, the state’s highest court in a ruling Monday sent the case back to the district level, ordering the Board of Medicine to reevaluate stripping Richard Pines’ medical license.

“While it is true that Pines conducted himself in a reprehensible manner, taking advantage of young men with troubled pasts, a tribunal does not the give the impression of impartiality when it employs heated rhetoric and denunciations,” the justices wrote.

The board filed the complaint in 2012 citing abuses going back to 2011. Pines denied wrongdoing, but the board eventually revoked his license. The Department of Health and Welfare also revoked his foster-parent license.

Originally, the board argued that Pines abused four former patients and had a three year affair with an adult patient. Criminal charges were never filed.

The court only agreed that Pines had sexual misconduct with two out of the four patients, arguing that there was no evidence the other two men were patients as defined by Idaho law.

According to the board, Pines told young men he needed to practice giving massages to naked bodies to maintain his medical license and improperly touched them, including one who was 14. Pines acknowledged taking naked pictures of another patient who was about 14 while they were at Pines’ cabin in Garden Valley and acknowledged taking money to that patient before Pines was interviewed by Boise police in March 2011.

“Dr. Pines’ egregious conduct was so corrupt and degenerate as to shock the conscience,” the board wrote in its original complaint.

Attorneys for Pines and the board did not return phone calls by The Associated Press.

Pines had been licensed to practice medicine in Idaho since June 1997 and worked at several places including Boise Public Schools and Saint Alphonsus Health.

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