A Paso Robles resident convicted of videotaping females in a bathroom at Avenal State Prison while working as a doctor there was ordered Wednesday to undergo a psychiatric evaluation to prove he’s mentally fit to practice medicine in California.
The move comes after Navneet Adya’s medical licenses in three states — Illinois, New Mexico and Arizona — were suspended, voluntarily surrendered or restricted.
In September 2009, the 46-year-old doctor pled no contest in Kings County Superior Court to two misdemeanors: videotaping without consent in a public place for the purpose of viewing body parts or undergarments, and for destroying evidence.
He was sentenced to 30 days in Kings County Jail and received three years’ probation. Adya, an internal medicine doctor, was also required to undergo mental health counseling during probation.
Two months later, he was diagnosed as bipolar and as having a sexual disorder through an evaluation commissioned by the Arizona Medical Board after officials there learned of his conviction in California.
The Arizona board ordered him to seek psychiatric treatment and restricted him from treating or prescribing treatment to patients. The Arizona board is due to re-evaluate Adya’s competency in April.
In California, Adya must undergo additional mental evaluation to test his competency, which he has 30 days from Wednesday to do.
If he’s deemed fit to practice in California, he must abide by the restrictions outlined in his five-year probation, including not treating female patients without a third-party chaperone present. He would also be prohibited from having a solo practice, practicing medicine outside an office, hospital or clinical setting, supervising physician assistants, and seeing patients in their homes.
He will also be required to receive psychiatric treatment throughout his probation. The psychiatrist must submit to the board quarterly status reports on Adya in case he becomes unfit for practice while on probation.
If his evaluation says he’s unfit, then the board will reconvene to determine its next step, which could include revoking his license.
California’s medical board uses various guidelines to determine its disciplinary actions and treats each doctor on a case-by-case basis.
The lengthy list of guidelines include acts of excessive prescribing, sexual misconduct and false advertising. Disciplinary actions for the guidelines can range from training programs, placing restrictions on practice, suspension and revocation.
California’s medical board had suspended his license since February 2010 as its investigation took place, a board spokeswoman said Wednesday.
Adya told The Tribune last week that he isn’t practicing medicine in Paso Robles.
When asked for comment on his case, he said that he “didn’t want to go into details” because he was “not in the right frame of mind.”
Incident at Avenal
On Nov. 25, 2008, while employed at Avenal State Prison, Adya placed a camcorder in a public restroom at the prison. A female employee found the camera and reported the incident to management but Adya flushed the memory stick down the toilet before management could locate it, according to documents filed by the Arizona Medical Board.
On April 9, 2009, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation served Adya with a search warrant for the missing memory stick but none was found. Adya resigned from his position at the prison “when he became aware of the investigation,” according to the medical board documents.
He resigned from the prison April 16, 2009, according to the state.
Adya doesn’t have a business license in Paso Robles.
It’s not clear where Adya, held his medical practices in California other than in the state prison system. The Medical Board of California said it couldn’t disclose the addresses of where he’s practiced because it’s not public information.
Department of Corrections officials confirmed Adya was employed at the Salinas Valley State Prison from February 2005 to August 2005; at the California Correctional Center in Susanville from March 2006 to June 2006; and transferred to Avenal State Prison in June 2006 and worked there until April 2009. He was a state employee at the time, officials confirmed.
An Internet search of Adya’s name brings up various addresses and outdated or disconnected phone numbers, namely in Avenal, Soledad and Phoenix, Ariz.
In May 2010, Adya surrendered his medical license in New Mexico. Later that May, the Illinois Medical Board suspended his license because of his California conviction. He had been licensed in those states since August 2003 and February 1999, respectively.
He had been licensed in California since November 2003.
Assistant City Editor Jonah Owen Lamb contributed to this report.