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Iowa doc gives up license to settle sex complaint

Associated Press Modified: November 20, 2012 at 4:15 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012

The woman's lawsuit against Paradiso is pending, and he is not being defended by the hospital or state. An insurer that covers malpractice claims against university physicians, Iowa Medical Mutual Insurance, obtained a court order in July saying that it has no obligation to defend Paradiso or to cover any damages he might be ordered to pay in the case.

The woman alleges in her lawsuit that she went to Paradiso for treatment in 2008 and 2009 before they started the relationship in early 2010. She claims Paradiso "used her for his own sexual gratification," taking advantage of his knowledge of her mental health history to pursue the relationship and causing her to relapse into abusing alcohol.

The woman's lawyer, Mike Carroll, said he is continuing to investigate details of the case, which is scheduled for trial next year.

"She is sad that this all happened. She's grateful for the medical board's action, and she's working to piece her life back together," he said. "It's a very unfortunate ending, at least to this chapter, that a doctor had to surrender his license because of engaging in egregious misconduct."