Physician assistant arrested four months after license was reinstated

By: - October 1, 2021 4:50 pm

A physician assistant whose license was reinstated in March following allegations of domestic abuse and sex with a patient was convicted Friday of new domestic abuse charges. (Creative Commons photo via Pxhere)

A physician assistant whose license was reinstated in March following allegations of domestic abuse and sex with a patient was convicted Friday of new domestic abuse charges.

Anthony G. Peters of Primghar pleaded guilty Friday to a charge of second-offense domestic abuse. He was sentenced to one year in jail, with all but seven days of that sentence suspended. He was also sentenced to one year of probation and fined $855.

In 2018, the Iowa Board of Physician Assistants received a complaint that Peters had engaged in a sexual relationship with a patient. According to the board, Peters responded to the complaint by sending the board a letter denying the allegation and disparaging the reputation of the patient.

Peters later acknowledged he had lied in his letter and admitted the allegations against him were true and that he had maintained a sexual relationship with the patient for about four months, according to the board. Peters initially began providing care for the patient when she was still a minor, the board alleges.

Peters surrendered his license and completed a comprehensive professional sexual misconduct evaluation in 2020, as well as a two-day course on professional boundaries and ethics before applying for reinstatement.

In June 2020, Peters was arrested and charged with domestic abuse assault, child endangerment, and obstruction of an emergency call. Police allege Peters kneed a woman in the stomach and knocked the woman’s child to the floor when the child attempted to intervene. Prosecutors later dismissed the child endangerment charge and obstruction charges, and Peters was granted a deferred judgment on the domestic abuse charge.

According to the board, “the incident was subject to a child abuse registry assessment by the Department of Human Services.” The board alleges Peters testified that allegations of denial of critical care and failure to provide proper supervision were initially founded, but that finding was subsequently amended to the violations being confirmed, with no placement on the registry.

The Board of Physician Assistants agreed in March to reinstate Peters’ license, stating that he “has addressed the issues that led to the surrender of his physician assistant license and that it is in the public interest for his license to be reinstated.”

In July, however, Peters was arrested again in O’Brien County and charged with second-offense domestic abuse assault.

A police report indicates grabbed his girlfriend’s daughter by the neck, slammed her against a wall and choked her, then grabbed his girlfriend and choked her while holding her in a headlock.

Peters and the The Board of Physician Assistants  agreed one week ago that he would not practice as a physician assistant until further action was taken by the board.

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Clark Kauffman
Clark Kauffman

Deputy Editor Clark Kauffman has worked during the past 30 years as both an investigative reporter and editorial writer at two of Iowa’s largest newspapers, the Des Moines Register and the Quad-City Times. He has won numerous state and national awards for reporting and editorial writing. His 2004 series on prosecutorial misconduct in Iowa was named a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Investigative Reporting. From October 2018 through November 2019, Kauffman was an assistant ombudsman for the Iowa Office of Ombudsman, an agency that investigates citizens’ complaints of wrongdoing within state and local government agencies.