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Rule 4731-26-02 | Prohibitions.


Sexual misconduct, as that term is defined in paragraph (H) of rule 4731-26-01 of the Administrative Code, between a licensee and a patient is never diagnostic or therapeutic.

(A) A licensee shall not engage in sexual misconduct with a patient or key third party, as that term is defined in paragraph (C) of rule 4731-26-01 of the Administrative Code.

(B) Conduct included within the definition of sexual misconduct occurring between a licensee and a former patient constitutes sexual misconduct and is prohibited if it meets any of the following criteria:

(1) The conduct occurred within ninety days after the licensee-patient relationship was terminated;

(2) The conduct occurred between a psychiatrist and a person to whom the psychiatrist formerly provided psychiatric or mental health services, and the conduct is in violation of the code of ethics of the "American Psychiatric Association"; or

(3) The board determines that the conduct constitutes sexual misconduct upon consideration of the following factors:

(a) The duration of the licensee-patient relationship;

(b) The nature of the health care services provided;

(c) The lapse of time since the licensee-patient relationship ended;

(d) The extent to which the former patient confided personal or private information to the licensee;

(e) The degree of emotional dependence that the former patient has or had on the licensee; and

(f) The extent to which the licensee used or exploited the trust, knowledge, emotions, or influence derived from the previous licensee-patient relationship.

Last updated September 30, 2021 at 8:36 AM

Supplemental Information

Authorized By: 4730.07, 4731.05, 4759.05, 4760.19, 4761.03, 4762.19, 4774.11, 4778.12
Amplifies: 4730.25, 4731.22, 4759.07, 4760.13, 4761.09, 4762.13, 4774.13, 4778.14
Five Year Review Date: 9/30/2026
Prior Effective Dates: 11/30/2006, 11/30/2010