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Second suit filed alleging molestation by psychiatrist at Hernando jail

BROOKSVILLE — Another woman who says she was molested by a psychiatrist while she was an inmate at the Hernando County jail has filed a lawsuit against the doctor and his former employer.

In March, the Florida surgeon general restricted 54-year-old Dr. James A. Yelton Rossello's license after four female inmates alleged that between November 2009 and August 2010 the doctor asked that they expose themselves, give him lap dances or kisses and implied he would trade medication for sex. Corrections Corporation of America, which operated the Hernando jail at the time and employed Yelton, fired him.

In May, two inmates filed a lawsuit against Yelton and CCA. When the woman in the latest suit initially brought allegations against Yelton at the jail, CCA employees placed her in solitary confinement, according to the women's attorney, Samuel Rogatinsky.

At the time the first suit was filed, CCA spokesman Steven Owen said the company would respond after staff reviewed the complaints.

Yelton, through his Gainesville attorney, Jesse Smith, has denied all of the claims. Smith had said he is negotiating a settlement with the Florida Department of Health that could allow Yelton to be freely practicing again by late summer.

John Woodrow Cox can be reached at (352) 848-1432 or

Second suit filed alleging molestation by psychiatrist at Hernando jail 06/07/11 [Last modified: Tuesday, June 7, 2011 8:15pm]
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