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State Denies Doctor's Petition to Keep License

August 04, 2000

LAGUNA NIGUEL — A physician, convicted last year of sexual battery, will have to close his medical practice this week on the heels of the state Medical Board's decision to permanently revoke his doctor's license.

The board denied Dr. Del Dalton's petition to reconsider his license revocation. Dalton must shut down by today unless he can persuade a judge to allow him to continue his medical practice, pending efforts to overturn his conviction.

"Dr. Dalton is left with his appeal rights in [Orange County] Superior Court," said Douglas MacCartee, the deputy attorney general who represented the state Medical Board during the administrative hearing.

"Assuming he doesn't file something in Superior Court that conceivably could get him a stay of order . . . he has to shut down," MacCartee said. "Beyond that he's practicing without a license."

Dalton was found guilty in July 1999 of three counts of sexual battery against three female patients.

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