A doctor accused of raping two patients who he had sedated with laughing gas as they lay helpless to his advances has been found dead in a ditch near his home.
Eric Andrew Salata, 54, was charged with two counts of sexual battery against his alleged victims, one 51-years-old and the other 73-years-old.
The younger victim told cops the sicko had used gas and an unknown liquid to make her pass out before subjecting to her to oral sex and penetration whilst the other victim said he had raped her during her medical procedure.
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Salata, who had practiced medicine for more than three decades and was from Naples in Florida, had been charged with the grim crimes on November 21.
Judge Michael Provost had granted him bond worth $100,000 (£80,000) that allowed him to return to his home during proceedings.
But the alleged rapist will never face justice after cops realised his ankle monitor hadn’t moved for eight hours and went to investigate before finding his lifeless corpse slumped in the woods near his home.
Officers at the scene spotted Salata’s boot sticking up and realised he had died from a fatal gunshot wound, with a handgun lying nearby.
Two notes, his credit cards and his wedding ring were later found at the property, a report seen by the Daily Beast showed.
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Cops said the death was not suspicious but refused to confirm it was a suicide until results from an autopsy returned.
Adam Horowitz, who represents one of Salata’s victims, said it was frustrating the doctor had been allowed to keep his gun.
He added: “I will say she was relieved to learn that no other women will be harmed, that he can’t do this to anyone again…
“But at the same time she wanted to have her day in court where she could look him in the eye and confront him and hold him criminally accountable.”
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