Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Doctor Violated Norms, Woman Says at Hearing

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Doctor Violated Norms, Woman Says at Hearing

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At a hearing Friday on charges against Dr. James P. Felder of St. Charles, a woman testified that when she had asked him to examine her sore thumb, he insisted on giving her a breast examination.

Detective David Kleinschmidt of the St. Charles Police Department said that the woman's complaint to police had led to an investigation of Felder, 60. He has been charged with two counts of unauthorized practice of medicine and with possession of a controlled substance with the intent to distribute.

State officials say he was practicing medicine without a license. Felder failed to renew his registration with the state Board of Registration of the Healing Arts. It expired Jan. 31. In addition, he failed last year to renew his license to distribute controlled substances, the state says.

Police found items listed as controlled substances in a search of his office earlier this year. County Prosecutor Timothy A. Braun says in court papers that area police know Felder as "a drug doctor."

Friday's hearing was in St. Charles County Court before Associate Circuit Judge Nancy L. Schneider. Schneider will decide whether the prosecutor has enough evidence to try Felder on the charges. After the hearing, which lasted nearly four hours, Schneider took the matter under advisement. She has given the attorneys up to two weeks to furnish more information to help her make her decision.

Despite the charges, Felder has a large following of devoted former patients. They marched Friday to the Courts Administration building from Felder's closed office at 323 First Capitol Drive.

More than 50 of Felder's friends sat through the hearing. They are raising money for his defense and are selling raffle tickets in their fund-raising efforts.

The woman who went to Felder about her thumb was called first by Assistant Prosecutor John Banas. She said she had gone to his office on May 2 of this year and told him she thought that she had injured her thumb at work.

Felder came from behind his desk to sit in a chair next to hers and checked her mouth, ears and eyes and "asked me to lie back in my chair as far as I could," the woman said. …

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