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Idaho court rules on Boise doctor with revoked license

Richard J. Pines had his medical license revoked .
Credit: USA Today

BOISE -- The Idaho Supreme Court has ruled that a Boise child and adolescent psychiatrist violated state law by having improper sexual contact with two former patients.

However, the state's highest court in a ruling Monday sent the case back to the district level to determine if Idaho's State Board of Medicine was correct to strip Richard J. Pines of his medical license.

The board filed the complaint in 2012 citing abuses going back to 2011. Pines denied wrongdoing, but the board eventually revoked his license. The Department of Health and Welfare also revoked his foster-parent license.

Originally, the board argued that Pines abused four former patients and had a three year affair with an adult patient.

Attorneys for Pines and the board did not return phone calls by The Associated Press.

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