VAOIG Seal U.S. Department Of Veterans Affairs
Office of Inspector General
Southeast Field Office
P.O. Box 446
Bay Pines, FL 33744
(727) 319-1214
Friday, November 05, 1999
VA Doctor Charged with a Three Count Information for Battery
Kenneth R. Atkins, Special Agent in Charge, VA Office of Inspector General, Southeast Field Office, announced today that Dr. Nicholas Valenti was charged by the Office of the State Attorney, Sixth Judicial Circuit of Florida, Clearwater, FL, with a three count information for Battery.

Atkins stated that the criminal information was a result of an investigation by the VAOIG Southeast Field Office and the VA Police-Bay Pines, FL. Valenti, while employed at the VA Medical Center--Bay Pines, FL, allegedly fondled multiple patients under his care, under the auspices of conducting medical exams.

Valenti's employment with the VA Medical Center was terminated on May 27, 1999, and now faces a maximum sentence of three years in prison. A trial date has not yet been set.