MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (WMBF) – A man charged in connection to the alleged sexual assault of a 10-year-old girl is a Veterans Affairs physician, according to VA records.
Angel Manuel Bonet-Martinez, 46, received his degree from the San Juan Bautista School of Medicine in Puerto Rico, VA records show.
A record search from the South Carolina Labor, Licensing and Regulation website does not list Bonet-Martinez as a certified physician in the Palmetto State, but when working for the Veterans Administration Facility, that’s legal.
VA doctors only have to be certified by one state or U.S. territory, but can work in any state or territory outside of that, unlike private physicians.
A study published earlier this year by the Government Accountability Office found that the Veterans Health Administration needs a greater focus on credentialing to prevent disqualified healthcare provides from delivering patient care.
Tonay Lobestael, a public affairs officer with the Ralph H. Johnson VA Medical Center, which oversees the Myrtle Beach VA Clinic, said Wednesday that 32-year-old Hailey Beth Bonet, who is also charged in the case, is a VA employee as well.
According to arrest warrants, Bonet-Martinez sexually assaulted a 10-year-old girl in June and July.
The warrants state the child told Bonet about the incidents, but she failed to report it to authorities.
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