Dental Hygienist Lost His License, Labeled A Sex Offender For Sleeping With ‘Patient’ – His Wife [Video]
A dental hygienist has been labeled a sex offender and lost his hygienist license after he was reporter for sleeping with a patient who is his wife. The couple has fought the charges together but are held up by a technicality.
Despite fighting the case over the past three years, Tanase said he was stripped of his license last month. He was reportedly outed by a tipster who was a social media photo of Mullins flashing her pearly whites following a cleaning by Tanase, who is pictured by her side.
Tanase pleaded his case on Facebook with a video and a letter urging the dental governance body to reconsider its hardline policy forbidding a hygienist from having a sexual relationship with a client. The Canadian hygienist, who said he’s been licensed since 2000, claimed he began booking his wife for cleanings in 2015 after erroneously believing a bill allowing dentists to perform dental work on their significant others also applied to hygienists.
“The summer of 2016, a complaint was filed with the CDHO by a former friend and Facebook acquaintance of my wife’s, who saw a photo my wife posted, saying how happy she was with her dentist and what an amazing dental hygienist she had,” Tanase wrote.
It was great news for Mullins, who according to her husband, “suffers from dental fear and anxiety like so many other clients.”
The video Tanase released explained that he has been fighting for some time and has run out of funds. The hygenist opened a gofundme account and vowed to donate and remaining contributions to actual sexual assault victims once his case is settled
According to CDH the law clearly states that you have to be a legal spouse in order not to be labeled a sex offender. That’s the law the couple is fighting to change.
The CEO of the College of Dental Hygienists, Lisa Taylor, says that, even if the law had been approved, as he had believed, Tanase would have faced the same consequences.
“If you check the dates that Mr. Tanase treated his now-wife, you will note that this treatment occurred before they met the definition of a spouse,” she explains.
The couple got engaged in April of 2015, the same month of the first treatment.
Still, the Superior Court agreed that the consequences are “harsh for a person in (Tanase’s) circumstances.”
“We also recognize that it seems unfair that dentists may treat their spouses while dental hygienists lose their license and are branded sexual abusers for so doing,” the decision reads.
It’s the point about being labeled as a sexual abuser that really hits home for Tanase.
What do you think? Should Tanase forever be labeled a sex offender because he cleaned his wife’s teeth while they were still engaged? It seems over the top to me but I could be wrong. Let me know in the comments below.
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