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United Press International
August 4, 1984
Dateline: MADISON, Wis.

Thomas PulsA Milwaukee psychiatrist should have his medical license revoked for having sexual relations with a patient who was a former nun, a hearing examiner has ruled.

The psychiatrist, Thomas Puls, was charged by the State Department of Regulation and Licensing with engaging in sexual activity with the patient between 1967 and 1969.

Even though the activity happened several years ago the State Medical Examining Board should revoke Puls’ license, Hearing Examiner Donald B. Rittel wrote in a letter to the board.

The board is scheduled to decide on the matter Sept. 13.

The woman filed a suit in 1982 and said the sexual contact came at virtually every weekly session.

But the suit was dismissed since the statute of limitations had run out.

In the suit, the patient said she sought counseling because she felt confused, isolated and socially withdrawn after deciding to leave the convent.