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Iowa doc gives up license to settle sex complaint

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — A former psychiatrist at University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics has agreed to surrender his medical license to settle a complaint that he had an inappropriate relationship with a female patient.

The Iowa Board of Medicine on Tuesday made public its settlement with 49-year-old Sergio Paradiso, who was accused of engaging in sexual misconduct with the mental health patient and violating professional boundaries.

The board filed its complaint against Paradiso in July, one year after the 30-year-old woman filed a civil lawsuit against Paradiso in Johnson County. That lawsuit remains pending.

The board alleged Paradiso encouraged the woman to drink alcohol even though she had a history of alcohol abuse, met with her outside of treatment settings, gave her gifts, and ultimately engaged in a sexual relationship in 2010.

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