West Texas doctor sentenced to jail time, probation for retaliating against nurses

Posted Tuesday, Nov. 08, 2011
By Betsy Blaney

The Associated Press

A West Texas doctor who pleaded guilty this week to retaliating against two nurses who reported him to state medical regulators will spend two months in jail and be on deferred-adjudication probation for five years, a prosecutor said.

Dr. Rolando Arafiles Jr., 59, pleaded guilty Monday in a Kermit courtroom to retaliation and misuse of official information as part of a plea agreement that includes surrendering his medical license, prosecutor David Glickler said.

Arafiles, who was charged with two counts each of felony misuse of official information and retaliation in Winkler County, did not return a call seeking comment.

His plea is among the final steps in a case that outraged nursing associations nationwide and led to convictions against the West Texas sheriff and prosecutor who investigated the nurses.

Nurses Anne Mitchell and Vickilyn Galle filed an anonymous complaint with the medical board in 2009, writing that Arafiles used herbal remedies and tried to use hospital supplies to perform at-home procedures.

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