Naples doctor accused of molesting patients found dead, Collier sheriff confirms




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  • 2022-11-30 01:39:31Z
  • By Naples Daily News

A Naples doctor accused of sexually assaulting patients while performing medical procedures is dead, the Collier County Sheriff's Office confirmed on Tuesday.

Police arrested Eric Andrew Salata, 54, of Sanibel, a little more than a week ago, Nov. 21, on charges linked to two accused molestations.

Eric Andrew Salata, 54, of Naples, has died, the Collier County Sheriff
Eric Andrew Salata, 54, of Naples, has died, the Collier County Sheriff's Office said.  

Michelle Batten, spokesperson for the Collier County Sheriff's Office, said investigators are conducting a death investigation Tuesday afternoon regarding Salata. Officials wouldn't confirm the location, but said it's within Collier County boundaries.

She did not speculate on the cause of death or release additional details.

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Operating out of a second-floor suite on Naples' toney Fifth Avenue South shopping strip, Salata's practice, Pura Vida Medical Spa, focused on body contouring, skin care and spa treatments.

The business' Facebook page and websites were not accessible Tuesday, while its Yelp! review page remained activated, some reviewers mentioning the charges against Salata.

Officers with the Naples Police Department had arrested Salata, 54, Nov. 21 at his office in the 300 block of Fifth Avenue South.

Judge Michael Provost set a $100,000 bond for Salata, 54, Nov. 22, court records revealed Friday. Records indicate he paid cash bail to the courts and bonded out from the Collier County Jail immediately.

Patient accusations lead to arrest

According to Salata's arrest report, officers were called on Oct. 24 to Project Help Crisis, 3050 Horseshoe Drive North, to meet with a 51-year-old woman.

Salata instructed her to take prescription Alprazolam when she arrived for her appointment, adding the procedure was "excruciatingly painful," and it would take between three and four hours, according to the police report.

She told them she took the first controlled substance as instructed. She added Salata was the only person present during the procedure.

The entrance to the Pura Vida Med Spa is shown at 350 Fifth Ave S.
The entrance to the Pura Vida Med Spa is shown at 350 Fifth Ave S.  

She told authorities Salata administered laughing gas to help with the pain, court documents show. She added she felt Salata touch her private parts and shake her violently. Then, he used more laughing gas because "she was in so much pain."

The victim told officers he offered her an unknown clear liquid she believed was tequila and she drank it.

She became unconscious and awoke to Salata performing oral sex on her, she said, before resuming unconsciousness.

When she opened her eyes a second time, she saw him penetrating her, the report indicates.

She told authorities she wasn't dreaming.

On the day he was arrested, a second victim, a 73-year-old female, had told police she went to Salata for a cosmetic medical treatment and he raped her during the procedure.

She said she was awake and alert throughout, adding that Salata was on top of her for no more than 15 seconds.

Criminal case ends; civil suit possible

The building where Dr.
The building where Dr.  

Adam Horowitz, of Fort Lauderdale-based Horowitz Law, represents one of the women accusing Salata of malpractice. He told the Daily News during a phone call that in cases like this where the defendant suddenly dies, the case becomes civil rather than criminal.

Horowitz added that a civil case can be filed against businesses or estates, and that their intent is to proceed with a civil case against Salata's business, as well as his estate.

He added that he doesn't know how many other victims the case involves.

The State Attorney's Office did not immediately respond to calls asking for comment.

Salata was due in court Dec. 19.

Tomas Rodriguez is a Breaking/Live News Reporter for the Naples Daily News and The News-Press. You can reach Tomas at TRodriguez@gannett.com or 772-333-5501. Connect with him on Twitter @TomasFRoBeltran, Instagram @tomasfrobeltran and Facebook @tomasrodrigueznews.

This article originally appeared on Naples Daily News: Naples, Florida doctor accused of sexual assault dies, sheriff says

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