Florida Surgeon General Joseph Ladapo ordered an emergency restriction on the license of a Pensacola dentist facing criminal charges for allegedly inappropriately touching women patients and employees.
According to the June 23 order, Dr. Charles Stamitoles’ license is not revoked, but restricts him from practicing on female patients. He was also issued a formal reprimand.
“Dr. Stamitoles’ employees are already aware of his deviant behavior, and this has not hindered him from his inappropriate conduct,” the final order noted. “Therefore, nothing short of the immediate restriction of Dr. Stamitoles’ license to practice as a dentist on female patients will protect the public from the dangers created by Dr. Stamitoles’ continued, unrestricted practice of dentistry.”
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Stamitoles has operated the Stamitoles Dental Center of Creighton Road since 2001 and has legally practiced dentistry in Florida since 1984.
In his career, Stamitoles has racked up a lengthy history of administrative sanctions. Dentistry board documents show that he has at least three reprimands on his license to practice dentistry, spent a total of six years on probation, spent a total of three years and 30 days on suspension and has paid over $80,000 in fines and reimbursement of board investigations. He also had his license to practice dentistry in Georgia revoked.
He is currently facing five counts of misdemeanor sexual battery and one felony count of battery on a person over 65.
In the felony case, a 74-year-old patient told deputies “that on her last appointment … while she was sitting in the room, she had concerns about her teeth and made a statement to her dentist, S/Charles Stamitoles, that maybe she should go see another dentist because she felt that (he) was not doing anything to help her fix her teeth.”
She told deputies “he placed both of his hands on each side of her face, while putting his face about six to eight inches in front of her face and told her to look into his eyes.”
Stamitoles allegedly then told her that he can help her with her teeth and kissed her on the forehead.
Multiple other woman have raised concerns about the dentist’s conduct.
Stamitoles also allegedly spoke sexually with a patient while suggestively touching her. Per an arrest report, he asked a patient May 18, 2022, if she could satisfy herself, followed by telling her he could satisfy her “like a god.”
He also allegedly rubbed his body against hers while moaning and told her that he thought her tattoos were “sexy.”
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On Dec. 16, 2020, he allegedly patted a female patient’s breast while she was in the operating chair while complimenting her physical appearance.
“(Victim) said that S/Stamitoles was beginning to administer the medicine to numb her mouth area when he patted her with his hand on her right breast area,” the arrest report noted.
On May 24 and May 25, 2022, an employee reported he slapped her on the buttocks and hugged her from behind while kissing her on her head.
The victim told deputies that she was in the bathroom when Stamitoles “shut the door, he hugged her from behind and kissed her on the back of her head and then told her to now do it to him.”
In the criminal cases, Stamitoles waived his arraignment scheduled for Thursday and entered a plea of not guilty on five counts of misdemeanor battery. His arraignment for the felony charge is scheduled for July 8.
In terms of his dental practice, Ladapo’s emergency order barred Stamitoles from practicing on female patients, but it does not prohibit him from continuing to practice on males.
Ladapo’s emergency order referenced Stamitoles’ past medical infractions in Florida and Georgia as reasons to partially restrict his license — citing him as chronically making incorrect medical decisions as deemed by the Florida Board of Dentistry and falsifying medical documents.
Stamitoles most recent infraction was settled June 8 of this year where he was fined $5,000 and reprimanded because he “failed to take and pass the Laws and Rules Examination” as the Dentistry Board stipulated in a 2019 final order.
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