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Merced Pediatrician Arrested, Placed On Leave

Merced Police Department

A Golden Valley Health Centers pediatrician was taken into custody for allegedly placing a camera inside a patient restroom at the health centers’ clinic in Merced.

Officers arrested Dr. Carlos Teran Tuesday morning at the 847 Childs Avenue clinic. The investigation was sparked after a woman found a camera inside a flower pot in the unisex bathroom Friday afternoon, Lt. Tom Trinidad says. After collecting statements from staff, Teran was taken into custody.

Golden Valley says restrooms and patient areas at each of its centers were inspected for devices after the camera was discovered. Officials say no additional cameras were found.

Tony Weber, Golden Valley Health Centers CEO, says they are continuing to work with police.

“We are saddened that the integrity of our hard working staff has been called into question based on the alleged acts of one individual. We are committed to providing a safe and respectful environment for our patients, employees and the public as we carry out our mission of delivering quality health care,” Weber said in a press release.

Teran had been working at the clinic as a pediatrician since 2013. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the situation.