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Former Victoria doctor arrested for misusing official information

By JR Ortega
Dec. 23, 2010 at 6:23 a.m.

A West Texas doctor, who once practiced in Victoria, was arrested Tuesday.

Dr. Rolando Arafiles, who had a family practice in Victoria between 1998 and 2002, was arrested on a charge of misuse of official information and retaliation, according to a complaint and execution for the arrest filed by the Texas Attorney General's Office.

"Dr. Arafiles obtained medical information he had access to by virtue of his employment as a public servant, and disclosed it to Sheriff Robert Roberts so that complaints about this medical practices would no longer be raised or pursued, which is not a governmental purpose," according to the complaint.

A message Thursday night on Arafiles' phone said it was not accepting calls.

In 2009, Arafiles filed a harassment complaint against two of his nurses, Anne Mitchell and Vickilyn Galle, when they anonymously reported him to the Texas Medical Board because of concerns over his standard of care in Kermit, a city west of Odessa.

The nurses were arrested and indicted on charges of misuse of official information. They were cleared of the charges in February.

Lisa Campbell, a registered nurse in Victoria, said she has always sided with the nurses, whose mission it is to advocate for patients.

Nurses like Mitchell and Galle need to continue advocating for patients, she said.

"When physicians practice bad medicine, they should be reported," she said.



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