Medical board seeks to discipline Merced pediatrician on the run – Merced Sun-Star
The medical board of California is looking to revoke or suspend the medical license of a Merced pediatrician who has an outstanding arrest warrant.
Dr. Carlos Teran Miranda, 35, skipped town earlier this year after being ordered to stand trial on charges alleging that he molested three autistic children and secretly recorded people in a clinic bathroom, according to law enforcement officials.
The pediatrician failed to appear at his June 9 arraignment hearing. There are no updates on his whereabouts, prosecutors confirmed Thursday.
Teran Miranda was arrested Feb. 3 after a camera was discovered hidden in a flower arrangement on the back of a toilet at Golden Valley Health Centers on Childs Avenue in Merced, authorities said. Footage from the camera showed the pediatrician setting up the device, as well as several people, including children, using the toilet, according to a Merced police report.
On May 11, prosecutors charged the pediatrician with three felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a child. Investigators say Teran Miranda molested two boys and a girl during medical examinations in fall 2014.
The criminal case against Teran Miranda remains open and a $3 million warrant for his arrest is still in place, Deputy District Attorney Michael McKinney confirmed.
The medical board, which does its own investigation, filed an accusation on Oct. 14, citing sexual misconduct, gross negligence, and corruption and dishonesty as causes for discipline.
Teran Miranda had already agreed not to practice medicine following his arrest in February, pending the outcome of the case. He also surrendered his Bolivian passport, according to Merced Superior Court records.
Cassandra Hockenson, a spokeswoman for the stateâ€™s medical board, said the board waits for the results of the criminal case. The board sets its own hearing date, but if Teran Miranda does not appear back in court his medical license would eventually be revoked.
This information is also shared with other states, she said.
â€œOnce his license is revoked, heâ€™s done,â€ she said. â€œHe will never be able to get relicensed.â€
Hockenson said the revocation process could take some time, but Teran Mirandaâ€™s medical license expires at the end of next month, which unless renewed, would prohibit him from practicing either way.
However, whether he could practice in another country is not clear. That would depend on a countryâ€™s regulations and investigation, she explained.
According to California Department of Consumer Affairs online records, Teran Miranda graduated from the Greater University of San SimÃ³n in Bolivia in 2004.