| Crime |

Florida Board of Medicine Allows Convicted Rapist To Keep Practicing As A Doctor

Keep New Times Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of South Florida and help keep the future of New Times free.

Apparently being a convicted rapist and practicing medicine have nothing to do with each other. At least that's what the Florida Board of Medicine decided.

That's why 43-year-old Mark Seldes can continue to practice medicine in the state of Florida, fresh out of a three-year prison sentence for raping a medicated civilian woman while he was an Air Force flight surgeon in South Korea.

According to Stars and Stripes, Seldes had gone missing while he was supposed to be sentenced for raping the woman after she'd taken some sleeping pills and passed out.

Seldes finally showed up, and was sentenced to three years in prison and dismissal from the Air Force for rape, conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentlemen, and adultery.

According to CBS Miami, the Florida Board of Medicine voted 7-3 to allow Seldes to continue practicing, under a few conditions: he must complete 300 hours of community service, remain in a monitoring program for troubled physicians, and work in a government facility.

But the board decided formal probation for Seldes was a bit much, as Seldes argued it might prohibit him from getting a job in the future.

To quote the admirable character Michael G. Scott of The Office: "I didn't hire a convict. Unless you mean Toby ... convicted rapist."

Follow The Pulp on Facebook and on Twitter: @ThePulpBPB.

Keep New Times Broward-Palm Beach Free... Since we started New Times Broward-Palm Beach, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of South Florida, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering South Florida with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.


Join the New Times community and help support independent local journalism in South Florida.