Arizona State Hospital top doctor has history of sexual misconduct, harassment
By Dave Biscobing
December 13, 2017
Due to the national attention surrounding sexual harassment, the patient brought up past discipline against Dr. Steven Dingle during the public comment portion of a November 16th meeting of the Human Rights Committee, a board set up to address patient care and other concerns.
The Arizona Medical Board publicly reprimanded Dingle for sexually misconduct involving three different female subordinates in the mid-1990s.
“After reading his BOMEX consent order, it appears to me that he is a sexual predator. I would suggest that everybody read it and maybe realize that, you know, with all of these sexual harassment things, uh, complaints…,” said the patient in the meeting before he was interrupted.
Arizona State Hopsital CEO Dr. Aaron Bowen interjected by saying, “I can’t have folks calling my CMO a sexual predator in public,” according to audio of the meeting obtained by ABC15.
The Arizona Department of Health Services, which oversees the mental hospital, declined to let Dr. Dingle or other state officials comment for this story.
Instead, the state released a lengthy statement calling the patient’s comments “highly defamatory” and defending Dingle.
“Dr. Steven Dingle is a statewide expert in behavioral health and provides exemplary care to patients at ASH. He has not had any complaints or allegations of sexual misconduct or harassment and there have been no personnel actions while working for ADHS over the past 16 years,” according to the statement.
In 1997, the Arizona Medical Board issued Dingle a four-page reprimand for his conduct, which led to his resignation at a different psychiatric hospital.
The records outline repeated instances of verbal sexual harassment and other cases of unwanted physical grabbing and touching. Dingle signed a consent agreement essentially admitting to the facts in the reprimand.
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