Physician's license suspended amid charge

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A local physician's assistant has had his license temporarily suspended by the Texas Physician Assistant Board following his indictment by the Pecos County Grand Jury on one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Alberto Sauceda, 41, most recently was working at Sauceda Urgent Care and Family Medicine, 301 N. Water St. His license was suspended by the state board, effective immediately, on May 17. The board ruled that “continuation of his practice posed a continuing threat to public welfare.”

Sauceda's case is being prosecuted by the 83rd District Court. On Wednesday, June 5, Sauceda waived an arraignment hearing. His next court appearance will be a pre-trail hearing on July 17.

He was arrested and booked into the Pecos County Jail on May 8. He was released on $30,000 bond.

According the court documents, the April 4 indictment stemmed from a July 23, 2018 incident when Sauceda was working for Cactus Health Services.While evidence presented before a grand jury is sealed, the findings of the physician assistant board's hearing are available to the public online.

The board reported that Sauceda gave a wellness exam to a 5-year-old girl. Present in the room with the girl and Sauceda were with both the girl's mother and a 10-year-old boy that the mother was babysitting.

The report states that Sauceda performed an exam of the 5-year-old's genitals while the parent protested. The young boy reportedly was not asked by Sauceda to look away, and Sauceda did not explain why he was performing such an exam. The report states that Sauceda did not record the genital examination in the patient's medical record.

According to the board report, the complaint was made to Cactus Health Services by a parent and Sauceda was placed on paid administrative leave July 25, 2018.

On July 27, 2018 Cactus Health Services met and made the decision to terminate Sauceda's privileges and employment.

The indictment filed in April says that Sauceda is charged on one count of aggravated sexual assault of a child for “intentionally and knowingly causing the penetration of the sexual organ of a child who was younger than 6 years of age by [respondent's] finger.”

The board concluded that they would suspend his license pending the outcome of legal proceedings. The board ultimately has the final say over his license status regardless of the outcome in court.

“Just because someone isn't found guilty, that doesn't cancel out the boards ability to pursue disciplinary action,” said Texas Medical Board media contact Jarrett Schneider.

While Sauceda cannot practice during the suspension, Sauceda Urgent Care and Family Medicine will continue to be open with normal operating hours.

Sauceda Urgent Care and Family Medicine opened in November 2018 as a part of Stockton Vitality owned by Sandra Lou Sauceda.

Sauceda Urgent Care and Family Medicine told The Pioneer on Monday, June 3 that they would issue a statement on the matter. As of The Pioneer's press deadline on Wednesday, a statement had not been received.

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