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Warren social worker suspended for alleged sexual misconduct with patients

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Posted at 10:28 AM, Jul 23, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-23 17:57:50-04

WARREN, Mich. (WXYZ) — A Warren social worker has been suspended following allegations of sexual misconduct with patients.

On behalf of the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA), Attorney General Dana Nessel's office filed an administrative complaint against social worker Charles Jax.

LARA suspended Jax's social work license based on allegations of sexual misconduct with patients, offering services in exchange for sexual favors and other violations of the Michigan Public Health Code.

According to the complaint, Jax’s behavior alleges 11 violations of the Public Health Code, which include:

  • Sexual Misconduct
  • Offering practice-related services in exchange for sexual favors
  • Taking advantage of a professional relationship or exploiting others to further his personal and/or business interests
  • Involvement in or solicitation of a sexual relationship with a client
  • Negligence and a failure to provide due care
  • Incompetence
  • Lack of good moral character
  • A betrayal of professional confidence
  • Actions inconsistent with the code of ethics
  • A dual relationship with a client
  • A conflict of interest
“LARA works to protect the public from health care professionals who violate the law and threaten the safety of their patients,” said LARA Director Orlene Hawks. “We appreciate Attorney General Nessel’s collaboration with our department during the course of this case which resulted in the suspension of the social worker’s license.”

The summary suspension and administrative complaint are strictly actions on Jax’s social worker license in the State of Michigan. An order of summary suspension is a temporary measure to protect the public and not a final determination that a licensee has violated the Public Health Code, according to LARA.

To file a complaint with the department, click here.