Merced pediatrician on the run loses medical license – Merced Sun-Star
Medical authorities have revoked the license of a Merced pediatrician who has been on the run since June after he was ordered to stand trial on child molestation charges.
The Medical Board of California on Wednesday formally revoked Carlos Teran Miranda’s medical license, according to state records.
Teran Miranda, 36, failed to appear in court June 9 after being ordered to stand trial on charges that he molested three autistic children and secretly recorded people in a clinic bathroom, according to law enforcement officials.
In October, the state’s medical board announced that it was seeking disciplinary actions against Teran Miranda. The medical board, which conducts its own investigation, filed an accusation Oct. 14, citing sexual misconduct, gross negligence and corruption and dishonesty as causes for discipline. According to medical board documents, Teran Miranda did not respond to the board’s accusation notice, and therefore waived his rights to a hearing.
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. Footage from the camera showed the pediatrician setting up the device, as well as several people, including children, using the toilet.
After his arrest, Teran Miranda agreed not to practice medicine, pending the outcome of the case. He also surrendered his Bolivian passport, according to Merced Superior Court records.
In May, prosecutors charged Teran Miranda with three felony counts of committing lewd acts upon a child. Investigators said the pediatrician molested two boys and a girl during medical examinations in fall 2014.
A warrant has been issued for his arrest, and the case remains open, authorities have said.
Teran Miranda first received his medical license from the California Board in December 2011. His license expired in November 2015.
When the medical board first sought disciplinary actions against Teran Miranda in October, Cassandra Hockenson, a spokeswoman for the state’s medical board, said if the pediatrician did not respond to the board’s accusation notice, his medical license would eventually be automatically revoked.
Hockenson said information regarding the doctor’s license is shared with other states, but whether he could practice medicine in other countries remains unclear. She said that would depend on a country’s regulations and investigation.