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Pasco Optometrist's License Restricted Amid Sex Allegations

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PASCO, Wash.- A Pasco eye doctor now has 20 days to contest severe restrictions on his license.

Papers allege Dr. Kelly Cochrane engaged in sexual misconduct with a female patient and three employees before he was fired from a Walla Walla clinic.

Cochrane is accused of touching their breasts, kissing them, grabbing an assistant's buttocks and taking one assistant's hands and placing it one his crotch through his clothing.  

Because of it, the state has restricted him from treating females or minors and using female assistants.

"The Board of Optometry has taken this action, the summary restriction action, for the immediate protection of the public," said Judy Haenke with the Department of Health.

The allegations are from Cochrane's work at a Walla Walla clinic.  

He's since been asked to leave that clinic and opened Great Basin Eye Care in Pasco.  

Cochrane has 20 days to respond and ten to request a hearing.  

From there his license could be fully reinstated, permanently restricted or revoked.

Cochrane also faces the accusations in Walla Walla court.

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