On July 28, 2009, the Maryland Board of Physicians denied psychiatrist Gregory N. Villabona a license, citing that Villabona “was disciplined in Delaware for acts that would be grounds for disciplinary action in Maryland, that is, immoral and unprofessional conduct in the practice of medicine.”
Villabona pleaded guilty to September 20, 2002 in Queen Anne’s County County (Maryland) to one count of third-degree sexual offense, a felony, and one count of fourth-degree sexual offense, a misdemeanor. Twenty-eight additional counts were dropped in a plea agreement.
These charges were originated by two women, now in their 30s, who alleged Villabona had molested them in 1978 and 1983, when they were each 11 years old.
The Maryland State Police began investigating Villabona in 2001, after two women made the sexual misconduct allegations. A third witness came forward while the investigation was under way. The charges that were ultimately lodged against him included rape, attempted rape and assault.
Villabona, who faced as much as 11 years in prison, was sentenced November 25, 2002 to five years supervised probation before judgment.
Relative to his plea of guilty, the Delaware Board of Medical Practice sanctioned Villabona September 22, 2003 for unprofessional conduct, ordering him placed on five years supervised probation, to run concurrent with the probation before judgment imposed in the criminal case (he appealed the Board’s ruling but on April 28, 2004 the Superior Court upheld the decision.)
The Board acknowledged that the crimes for which he pleaded guilty occurred before he was a licensed physician and were not committed on patients but that they nonetheless constituted “dishonorable or unethical conduct.”
On March 17, 2006, while still on probation, Villabona lost a civil lawsuit to a former patient who charged that he had sex with her. A Delaware Superior Court jury awarded the former patient $200,000. According to the lawsuit, the patient, who was 22 when she went to Villabona, had sought treatment in 2002 for depression stemming from sexual abuse she suffered from ages 4 to 12. After several visits, Villabona took her to a bar, where he bought her several rounds of drinks, although he knew she was on antidepressants (which he had prescribed), which are not supposed to be mixed with alcohol. Afterward, Villabona drove the woman back to his office and had sex with her in the vehicle.
On June 3, 2008 the Delaware Medical Board restricted and limited Villabona to “providing treatment to male patients only over the age of 18 years.” This order is to be in effect until June 2015. He had initially been placed on three years’ probation by the Board in June 2007 for failure to comply with an earlier Board order.
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Sanctions July 2009, Maryland Board of Physicians monthly board actions report, as posted on board’s website: http://www.mbp.state.md.us/forms/jul09sanctions.pdf
Consent Agreement in Re: Gregory N. Villabona, Before the Delaware Board of Medical Practice, Case No. 10-35-06, filed July 3, 2008.
“Doctor on probation loses sex suit,” News Journal, March 25, 2006.
“Psychiatrist disciplined by medical practice board,” Dover Post, May 19, 2004.
“Dover psychiatrist loses appeal,” Delaware State News, May 12, 2004.
“Doctor is given probation,” New Journal, November 26, 2002.
Entry on Gregory N. Villabona, M.D., State of Delaware Medical Board license actions, as posted on board’s website: