A psychiatrist has been charged with felony sexual exploitation of a female patient.
Dr. Gaylord Nordine, 60, who practices in West Des Moines, was charged Wednesday and released on bond.
The charge carries a maximum prison sentence of up to five years.
His attorney, William Kutmus, of Des Moines, said Nordine violated no crime and will fight the allegations.
"Our position is that he has violated no criminal statue whatsoever," Kutmus said.
The woman, who was a patient for 14 years and had worked in Nordine's office for two years, filed a civil lawsuit in April seeking unspecified damages for physical and mental pain.
Kent Nebel, legal director for the Iowa Board of Medical Examiners, which last month cited Nordine for unprofessional conduct, said sexual exploitation charges against psychiatrists are "unusual but not unheard of."
Nebel said two Iowa psychiatrists and one primary care doctor who provided mental health advice to a patient have been charged in the past five years. He said all the cases ended with the doctors on probation.
He said Nordine, who was issued a medical license in 1977, was allowed by the board to continue his practice until a Nov. 17 hearing.
"To suspend a license, it would have to be shown that there is an immediate threat to the public, and the board did not conclude that in this case," he said.
The woman has been treated for anxiety and depression, according to court records.
The board concluded that Nordine provided the woman with personal gifts and engaged in "inappropriate sexual relations" which violates physician-patient boundaries.