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Federal Way dentist under investigation

By ERICA JAHN

Staff writer

A Federal Way dentist could lose his license pending the outcome of an investigation launched by the state Department of Health and the state Dental Quality Assurance Commission following allegations of inappropriate conduct and aiding and abetting the unlicensed practice of dentistry.

The health department earlier this month placed an immediate restriction on Jeffrey Burgess after charges surfaced that he had sexual contact with female patients and allowed an unlicensed dental assistant to give a patient an injection.

The injunction placed on Burgess’ license prohibits him from treating female patients or children.

A statement listing the charges against Burgess alleges he touched a patient’s breast while making inappropriate comments, offered an exchange of dental service for a massage, placed an ungloved hand into a patient’s mouth for no reason, and kissed and caressed a patient’s forehead, according to a statement released by the health department on Feb. 19.

The department is still investigating the allegations.

The department’s investigation does not include criminal charges, but Federal Way Police investigated a similar allegation against Burgess two years ago.

Police spokesman Kurt Schwan said the case was forwarded to the King County prosecutor’s office, but officials there declined to prosecute because there was insufficient evidence to reach a conviction.

Burgess has been a licensed dentist in Washington since 1973.

Staff writer Erica Jahn: 925-5565 and by e-mail at ejahn@fedwaymirror.com

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