Former University Health Services physician pleads guilty to sexual misconduct

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Former University Health Services physician Dr. Jeffrey Nelson was placed on administrative leave after pleading guilty to sexual misconduct charges.

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Dr. Jeffrey Nelson, a former University Health Services, or UHS, physician, pled guilty to criminal sexual misconduct charges involving a minor.

According to an email from UHS Assistant Vice Chancellor Guy Nicolette, the misconduct occurred off campus and is unrelated to UHS services, and Nelson was placed on administrative leave when UHS became aware of the charges. Nicolette added that the minor was not a member of the UC Berkeley community.

“These changes are highly disturbing and are an affront to our values,” Nicolette said in the email. “As a University and a healthcare provider, our goals include advancing wellness, as we protect minors and the community we serve.”

A complaint to pursue professional discipline was also filed against Nelson by the Medical Board of California.

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