Texarkana physical therapist accepts professional suspension for improper sexual contact with patient

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A Texarkana physical therapist has agreed to a 60-day suspension of his license for improper sexual contact with a patient.

According to an agreed order with the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners, Benjamin Levi Smith agreed to a 60-day suspension of his license effective Dec. 1, 2019.

“In responding to the allegations, Mr. Smith wrote, ‘…I am sad and disappointed in myself that I have willingly participated in actions that have brought personal embarrassment, shame, professional hardship on myself and pain to my family, my employer, and those involved in this complaint. I myself am to blame for poor decision making…Though the persons below were not physical therapy patients at the time of these events…I did have a personal relationship with them…’,” the order states.

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A section in the order titled “Conclusions of Law,” the order cites Smith for “having inappropriate (sexual) contact with a patient as the result of the patient/client relationship.”

In addtion to the suspension, Smith agreed to pay a $50 license reinstatement fee and a $375 reimbursement for the cost of the investigation to the Texas Board of Physical Therapy Examiners. Both fees are due by Jan. 31, 2020, according to the order.

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