The former Chief of Adult Inpatient Psychiatry at Kaiser Permanente Sacramento, has pleaded no contest to a charge of molesting a child, and has been sentenced to one year in county jail.
Doctor Stephen F. Melcher, age 49, entered his plea on May 25 in Superior Court. He was sentenced on the same day under a plea bargain with the Sacramento D.A.’s office. Melcher will also serve five years probation following his release.
A spokeman for the California State Medical Board advised that “because Doctor Melcher is now a registered sex offender, he can no longer hold a medical license in California.”
According to police investigators, Melcher admitted that on the night in question, he was under the influence of alcohol when he molested the unnamed 11-year-old boy, in October. The incident occurred at a party in a city park, when Melcher joined the boy under a blanket after dark. According to police, the boy’s parents and sister were nearby, and were not aware of the incident until later.