Urologist in Florida accused of sexually abusing patients

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.

— Urologist Steven K. Cottle, who is accused of having sexual relations with patients, was arrested Thursday by federal authorities, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Florida.

In a statement released late Thursday, the office said that K.C. Cotter, 46, was being held in the Miami Federal Detention Center and is charged with conspiracy to commit sexual assault.

The office said Cottles alleged sexual contact with a patient who was not an employee or patient and was not a patient.

He is accused, among other things, of taking a patient’s penis and penis enlargement pill, according the statement.

“These actions go against everything that the medical profession stands for and has stood for for decades, as well as the values of this community,” said Assistant U.N. Special Rapporteur on sexual violence, David Finkelhor, in a statement.

“I’m deeply concerned that a physician who is allegedly in the care of a patient with an STD could act as an enabler of such behavior, and I call on federal authorities to take swift and appropriate action against him.”

In January, Cottled pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of making and distributing child pornography.

He was released from jail in June on $500,000 bail.