Dr. Timothy Morris Collins was arrested on October 29 on charges of sexual abuse and drug possession. The 53-year-old physician faces two counts of sexual assault and possession of methamphetamine and other drugs.
The Texas Medical Board has temporarily suspended Collins' license following his arrest. A disciplinary panel decided to suspend his license on Thursday, November 14.
According to court records, the alleged sexual assaults happened in June 2012 and December 1995.
Police also reportedly found drug paraphernalia in Collins' home office.
It is not clear how Collins knew his victims or if they were patients.
Attorney Marc Lenahan represents victims and their families in civil lawsuits. Marc has offered to share a bit of his knowledge on the legal rights of doctor sex abuse victims and their families:
We all trust that our doctors will provide us with the best possible medical care and treat us with respect. These trusted professionals are pillars of their communities. However, the medical field has also faced widespread reports of doctors sexually assaulting their patients. When this happens, it's important that the victims and their families are aware of their legal rights.
Doctors who sexually assault their patients must be held accountable for the trauma they've caused. Reporting these doctors to law enforcement will often result in a criminal investigation and possible charges. State medical boards also may step in and suspend the doctor's license pending the outcome of the investigation.
Additionally, in many situations, these victims may have grounds for a lawsuit against the doctor and possibly the facility where the abuse occurred. For example, a medical facility could be sued for a sexual assault by a doctor if the facility had ignored previous complaints of inappropriate behavior by that doctor.
If you or a loved one is a victim of sexual assault by a doctor or another medical professional, you can learn more about your family's legal rights in a free consultation with one of our dedicated sexual assault victims lawyers.