Friday, September 11, 2009


Psychiatrist Arrested
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St. Petersburg Times
South Tampa psychiatrist arrested, accused of pointing shotgun at pool cleaner
By Robbyn Mitchell
September 11, 2009
TAMPA - A South Tampa psychiatrist told police he was only trying to get a pool service man off his property when he went to the trunk of his car and pulled out a shotgun in June, say police reports.

Dr. James Roy Edgar, 64, was charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon Thursday after the State Attorney's Office issued a warrant.

Here's what the two men involved told police happened, according to the investigating officer's report:

Edgar told police he confronted Stephen Lafoe, 35, an employee of Bay Area Pool Service, outside his home at 3105 W San Isidro St., on June 9 because he had repeatedly asked pool cleaners not to park in his private driveway....

Edgar was arrested Thursday on charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released from the Orient Road jail on $2,000 bail. Contacted at his home by a Times reporter, he declined to comment.

Health News Florida
Psychologist settles sex complaint


St. Petersburg psychologist Ronald Droz, accused of conducting a long-term sexual relationship with one of his patients, has been placed on probation by the Florida Board of Psychology.

The patient, described in the Department of Health's administrative complaint only by her initials LK, had gone to Droz initially in July 1998 with her husband seeking marriage counseling. After two sessions, the complaint says, the husband stopped going, but LK continued until October 1999...

It is a violation of state law for a medical doctor, psychologist or other health professional who is in a position of authority over a patient to engage in sexual conduct.

The settlement, negotiated by DOH prosecutors and Droz's attorney Peter Meros, calls for a reprimand, one year probation, payment of a $4,000 fine and $7,100 in costs, and continuing education courses. Psychologist Vincent Slonim has agreed to serve as Droz's supervisor during probation, according to the final order.


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