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Pensacola dentist Charles Stamitoles was arrested for the third time in three weeks on Friday. This time, the charge was a felony.
Escambia County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Stamitoles on June 17 on suspicion of felony battery against a person 65 years and older, and he was released on $20,000 bail less than two hours later.
Stamitoles was previously arrested May 27 and June 2 for allegedly inappropriately touching employees and patients between 2020 and 2022.
One patient claims she was patted on the breast during an examination, and another claims he asked private questions that were sexual in nature while suggestively touching her. An employee also claims he slapped her buttocks.
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Stamitoles has also been reprimanded several times by the Florida Board of Dentistry for ethics violations and improper dental work.
The 74-year-old victim who came forward last week was a patient of Stamitoles. She said she was battered May 31, 2022, during an appointment when she told him she may see another dentist.
"She stated 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," the report noted.
After she made the statement, she told deputies that "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 then told her that he can help her with her teeth and allegedly kissed her on the forehead.
The patient told authorities that he began to play the piano and drums for her and began "talking with some kind of weird (baby like) voice."
While she was leaving the room, the patient told deputies that Stamitoles put his arm around her shoulders and whispered in her ear that he loved her yellow blouse and to not tell the other girls.
Stamitoles' court date for this charge is July 8.
Benjamin Johnson can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 850-435-8578
This article originally appeared on Pensacola News Journal: Pensacola dentist arrested again for allegedly battering elderly woman