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The Atlanta Journal and Constitution
Psychiatrist accused of practicing illegally License revoked earlier in sex cases
By Bill Robinson and Rebecca Perl
February 29, 1992

Dr. Robert L. McDonald, an Atlanta psychiatrist whose license was revoked in September for having sex with two women patients, was arrested Friday on a charge of practicing without a license, according to the GBI.

Dr. McDonald had continued practicing out of his office at 3390 Peachtree Road N.E., said GBI spokesman John Bankhead.

A GBI agent posing as a patient made an appointment with Dr. McDonald “to see if there was evidence, and obviously there was,” Mr. Bankhead said.

Dr. McDonald, 60, was arrested at his home in Smyrna and charged with the unlawful practice of medicine, a felony, Mr. Bankhead said. He was taken to the Fulton County Jail and freed on $ 10,000 bond.

Searches also were conducted Friday at Dr. McDonald’s business and residence, and records were seized, Mr. Bankhead said.

The Composite State Board of Medical Examiners recommended revocation of Dr. McDonald’s license because he had sexual intercourse with two patients and told them “he was doing so for therapeutic reasons.”

In January 1991, the board forbade Dr. McDonald to treat women, then revoked his license in September, said its executive director, Andrew Watry.