A Seattle surgeon was suspended in June after he was charged for sexual misconduct in the work place. This misconduct included sexting, using medical records for sexual gratification, and inappropriate relations with a patient.
An article by Guardian Liberty Voice has all of the details on the surgeon’s convictions. Arthur Zilberstein, 47, has been accused of sexting during c-sections, epidurals administration, an appendectomy, and more.
Zilberstein would send up to 45 inappropriate messages at the hospital per day. If he worked an 8-hour shift, that means he sent almost six explicit messages per hour. This was very common in the anesthesiologist’s daily routine at the hospital between April and August 2013. He was accused of taking explicit photos in his scrubs and work badge.
As the search continued on his phone, texts were discovered that prompted a female to park in the doctors’ lot for a sexual rendezvous in the hospital building.
The investigation only began because of sexual misconduct, but it has uncovered illegal activity as well. He has prescribed over 25 drugs without proper records.
The doctor had twenty days to respond to the charges. Zilberstein’s license is suspended as the investigation continues.
This case is a little extreme, but reveals that sexting and explicit messages aren’t just a problem with teenagers anymore. Many adults have been sexting, too.
In fact, half of adults in the US have received or sent sexual messages, according to a study from McAfee. In addition, 1 in 3 adults have filmed sexual content on their phones. Half of the adults also save the intimate content on their phones.
While this may seem like a harmless action at the time, sexting can easily become a criminal issue. If you are a minor, send an explicit message to a minor, or send dirty messages to a stranger, you can be convicted of a sex crime.
Sexting can be considered a Tier 1 sexual offense, the lowest sector of sex crimes. However, you may still be required to register as a sex offender. Sex crimes are taken very seriously in the state of California, and you should be careful and avoid this type of behavior.
The sex crime defense lawyers at Greenberg & Greenberg, APLC have extensive experience handling sex offenses. If you are charged for a sex crime, you should contact a sex crime lawyer immediately.