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McGeorge Law Review
REVIEW OF SELECTED 2007 CALIFORNIA LEGISLATION: Business and Professions: Catching Up to the California Medical Board: The Dental Board of California May Take Action Against Registered Sex Offenders
Code Section Affected
Business and Professions Code § 1687 (new).
SB 252 (Aanestad); 2007 Stat. Ch. 13.
McGeorge Law Review
39 McGeorge L. Rev. 387
Pritee K. Thakarsey
Dr. Grimmitt, a dentist, was convicted in September 2005 for repeated sexual abuse against multiple female patients. 1 One woman testified that Dr. Grimmitt made repeated comments to her about her breasts and, on one occasion, actually caressed her chest. 2 Another woman claimed that the dentist placed his hand on her inner thigh. 3 Although Dr. Grimmitt was placed on probation for three years for his crimes, his dental license was not revoked. 4 The district attorney that prosecuted Dr. Grimmitt continually urged the Dental Board of California (DBC) to revoke his license so that he could not sexually abuse any other patients. 5 Unfortunately, Dr. Grimmitt was recently charged again for sexual battery against a female patient. 6
Another dentist served two years in a military jail for engaging a child in indecent acts and communications. 7 After being released, the dentist moved to California and registered as a sex offender in 2002. 8 However, he too was allowed to continue practicing dentistry. 9
In both cases, the DBC did not have the authority to immediately revoke or deny a dental license to a registered sex offender. 10 Chapter 13, which was sponsored by the DBC, is aimed at resolving this problem. 11
II. Legal background
A. The Dental Board of California (DBC)
The DBC, organized under the umbrella of the Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA), is a consumer protection agency. 12 The ...
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