Doctor Suspended for Not Reporting Pregnant 12-Year-Old as Possible Abuse

Department of Health says Tamarac doc violated law requiring cases of sex involving children under 16 to be reported

A Tamarac obstetrician was suspended by the state indefinitely on Saturday for failing to report the pregnancy of a 12-year-old girl, the South Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

Dr. Michael Benjamin faces professional disciplinary action by the Florida Department of Health for allegedly violating a law that requires physicians to automatically report instances of sex involving patients under the age of 16, according to the Sun-Sentinel.

Benjamin told authorities he didn't think he needed to report the case as possible abuse because the girl told him that she had consensual sex with a classmate in Central Florida, said the Sun-Sentinel.

The adult boyfriend of the girl's mother was later convicted in the 12-year-old's pregnancy, the paper reports, and is currently serving a 15-year sentence for sexual battery.

Though the girl, her mother, and the mother's boyfriend saw Benjamin in November 2009 for an abortion, the Sentinel said, the pregnancy was not reported until several months later by her primary doctor.

On Saturday the Florida Board of Medicine rejected a proposed settlement in the disciplinary case and suspended Benjamin's license pending further review, reports the Sentinel.

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