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Tallahassee Doc Accused Of Sexual Misconduct Fights To Keep His Job

Dr. Edwardo Williams in an undated booking photo.

A Tallahassee doctor accused of sexual misconduct is fighting for the right to practice. But the state board of Medicine isn't keen on allowing it.

Last August, a woman patient reported that Dr. Edwardo Williams had touched her in a sexual way. Then four more women reported him. The Health Department issued an emergency order saying Williams could treat only men.  On Friday, the Health Department told the Board of Medicine that Williams could treat women as long as a chaperone is in the room. Like a nurse.

But Dr. Williams said otherwise he can’t get a job. He’s innocent, he said.

“I would not do anything purposely to put myself in trouble of not practicing medicine.”

But Board member Dr. Magdalena Averhoff of Miami said she’ll settle for only one thing:

“A permanent restriction on seeing female patients -- not just a chaperone, but a permanent and irrevocable restriction on seeing female patients.”

The board agreed. Williams’ attorney, Tim Howard, said the doctor will contest it in a formal hearing before a judge.