It seems that a physician – formerly on staff at Miami’s largest children’s hospital, no less – confessed last September to charges of attempted felony child abuse . And as a result, his medical license has finally been revoked by the Florida Board of Medicine, as of last Friday.
Dr Robert Kemp Crockett of Coral Gables Florida. (photo by the Miami Herald)
There was no word from the state medical board as to why – after this embarrassing admission – that it would take a whopping 10 months to revoke the medical license of a physician pervert. But when it comes to doctors and discipline, state medical boards move with all the alacrity of the Queen Mary in a hurricane.
Doctor Robert Kemp Crockett, an ER child specialist, pleaded guilty in a North Carolina courtroom in July 2014, to taking “indecent liberties” with a 15-year-old boy, while they were on a family vacation to Brunswick County, North Carolina.
In exchange for his confession, Crockett, who also formerly worked at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, was sentenced to probation for 3 years and ordered to perform 50 hours of community service. He will serve no time in jail because, well, he’s a doctor, get it?
Crockett, age 64, is a resident of Coral Gables.
A board-certified pediatrician, Crockett was fired by Miami Children’s Hospital in December 2014, after administrators first learned that he was accused of Statutory Rape.
Investigators in North Carolina learned of Crockett’s child abuse in August 2014, when they were called by the Professionals Resource Network.
Detectives learned that the doctor had told a PRN counselor that he had put his hands on the genitals of a teenage boy during a trip to North Carolina the prior month. Police then issued an arrest warrant.
At the time that PRN reported Crockett to police, he was already on a leave of absence from the children’s hospital in Miami. Counseling between medical practitioners and PRN is typically confidential, except for mandated reporting of issues involving the abuse of vulnerable adults and children.
PRN reports they council about 75 medical practitioners each month, in need of help with substance abuse and emotional issues.