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Iowa board sanctions telemedicine doctor over child pornography conviction

The Iowa Board of Medicine has sanctioned a Virginia physician for a child pornography conviction.

The sanctions against Dr. David A. Lapides come four months after his Iowa medical license expired and nine months after he pleaded guilty to two counts of felony distribution of child pornography in the state of Virginia.

Lapides practiced neurology via telemedicine, delivering remote care to patients in Iowa and more than two dozen other states.

The Iowa Board of Medicine had charged Lapides with being convicted of a felony and with being sanctioned by other state licensing boards. As part of a settlement agreement with the Iowa board, Lapides has agreed to surrender his expired medical license.

In September, several months after Lapides pleaded guilty to the two counts of child pornography, he was sentenced to five years in prison on each count, plus five years of probation, with the prison terms to be served consecutively.

However, all but 14 months of the prison sentence was suspended, and he was given credit for the 14 months already spent in jail. As a result, he was released immediately after sentencing.

Prior to the Iowa Board of Medicine’s action, medical licensing boards in the states of Virginia, Arizona, Tennessee, New Hampshire, Alabama, Florida, California, Kentucky, Idaho, South Carolina, North Carolina and North Dakota took action against Lapides.

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Clark Kauffman, Iowa Capital Dispatch
Clark Kauffman, Iowa Capital Dispatch

Iowa Capital Dispatch 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.