DOH formally suspends Pasco physical therapist’s license over sexual misconduct
UPDATE on 10/15/21: The Washington State Department of Health (DOH) has formally announced the suspension of Anderson’s physical therapy license as a result of his felonious actions in Pasco.
An alert was issued on the afternoon of Oct. 15, 2021, confirming that the Physical Therapy Board came to this conclusion in August 2021.
The body text from the following breaking news article has been left unaltered from its original publishing date in April 2021.
PREVIOUS COVERAGE: Pasco physical therapist accused of sex crime at nursing home
PASCO, Wash. — State leaders suspended the license of a physical therapist practicing out of Franklin County amid allegations of sexual misconduct.
According to a release issued by the Washington state Department of Health (DOH), LuRon Anderson is accused of improperly touching the breasts of two residents at an assisted living facility where he worked. Additionally, Anderson is accused of sending inappropriate text messages and emails of a sexual and romantic nature to another resident.
In January 2020, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office told KAPP-KVEW that the incident was reported by staff members at Rosetta Assisted Living in Pasco, where the crimes were allegedly committed.
DOH officials say that Anderson was charged with “indecent liberties, a class A felony; indecent liberties, a class B felony; and fourth-degree assault, a gross misdemeanor” in Franklin County Superior Court. He will not be permitted to practice in the state of Washington until charges are resolved.
KAPP-KVEW reached out to Prosecutor Albert Lin. He did not provide any comment, but his office confirmed that sentencing is set for April 20.
Authorities say that Anderson has 20 days to request a hearing and contest the charges against him.
The Summary Action Order, subsection 1.3 issued by the DOH cites “A physical therapist who engages in non-consensual romantic and/or sexual contact with vulnerable adults poses a risk to any other vulnerable adults they may treat. Such a risk of harm justifies making a determination to immediately suspect Respondent’s credential unit a hearing on this matter can be held.”
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