Calvin Day: Alleged Pervy Dermatologist Loses License

The Texas Medical Board has suspended the license of a San Antonio dermatologist indicted last month on two counts of sexually assaulting patients -- but what really got our attention is the part where he ordered an employee to stick a laser hair-removal device "into his anus and pull the trigger."

That allegation is just one of many laid out in the Board Disciplinary Panel's temporary suspension order against 59-year-old Calvin Lee Day Jr., who was licensed in 1982 and who, according to the order, has a "uniquely identifiable penis." (The exact nature of this penile characteristic is about the only thing the Board didn't go into explicit detail on.)

According to the order, a former employee told San Antonio police in February that, when she worked for Day in 2000, he "requested that she perform laser hair removal on his back at the end of the day, after the clinic had closed. During the hair removal session, [Day] completely disrobed and demanded that [the employee] remove the hair from his testicles and anus." That's when he asked her to pull the trigger. The employee said she complied out of fear, but subsequently sought employment elsewhere.

The board looked into Day last May, after he was indicted in Bexar County "on two counts of intentionally and knowingly causing the penetration of the sexual organ of two female patients...without their consent..."

The indictments stemmed from an initial complaint from a former patient, who told San Antonio police in August 2010 that Day "lured her to the back of his office to ask [her] advice about some training equipment, which he kept in a locked backroom of his office. He indicated that he needed some help with his fitness program, and asked her for her advice because she was a personal trainer. According to [the patient's] statement, [Day] had a bed in this room, soft music playing, and he proceeded to close and lock the door, expose his genitals, and began to fondle her breasts and vagina."

Day was arrested for the alleged assault in January 2011; after the news broke, other women stepped forward. These included, per the board order, a woman who accused Day of assaulting her in 2009 by kissing her, indicating "that he wanted to perform oral sex on her, and proceeded to fondle her vagina until she escaped. According to her [police statement] and phone records, [Day] called her several times affterwards."

But it wasn't just former patients alleging assault: another woman reported to police that she went to Day's office on a cold call to sell advertising; afterward, when she asked about laser hair removal, Day "requested that she pull down her pants so that he could view her bikini line and then he penetrated her vagina with two fingers until she escaped."

Another woman -- a patient of Day's for seven years -- alleged last February that Day "made her disrobe completely during patient visits and he proceeded to spread her buttocks apart while she lay on her stomach. [Day] would demand that she roll over to her back and spread her labia apart to look inside her vagina. Allegedly, [Day] took pictures of 'areas he wanted to watch' while she was completely nude. The patient eventually stopped going to [Day] because she felt uncomfortable with the way he did full body exams."

The disciplinary panel, which issued the suspension without notice of hearing, determined that Day "is not able to safely practice medicine and, therefore, his continued practice of medicine constitutes a continuing threat to the public health and safety."

The next step is for the board to schedule a hearing on the application for temporary suspension, at which time, it appears, Day will have the opportunity to argue against suspension.

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