MOODY AIR FORCE BASE -- The prosecution rested its case Thursday evening in the court-martial of a doctor with the 347th Medical Group at Moody Air Force Base.

Capt. Oscar Salvat faces eight different charges, including conduct unbecoming an officer, solicitation to commit an offense and stealing medical supplies. If convicted on all charges, Salvat could face up to 19 years imprisonment, discharge from the Air Force and loss of all military benefits.

The prosecution questioned Salvat's former supervisor, Maj. James Glass, who left Moody AFB in the summer of 2000.

In the summer of 1999, Glass said he had been told that Salvat had been dating a patient and counseled him about the doctor/patient relationship. He told Salvat that he didn't know all the details, but told him he shouldn't be dating a patient. A couple of months later, Glass warned Salvat again about the same thing when he found Salvat was dating a patient's daughter, he said.

During cross-examination, the defense asked Glass if he had informally offered to assist Salvat in separating from the Air Force. Glass said he had, but Salvat had declined.

A staff neurologist at Naval Air Station Hospital, Jacksonville, Fla., testified that she met Salvat on May 3, 2001, when she received a phone call that someone had a seizure on the tarmac at NAS. Salvat had been transported to NAS to be flown by military aircraft to Wilford Hall Medical Center, Lackland AFB, Texas, for evaluation. Salvat was admitted to the NAS hospital that day.

The neurologist said on May 4, she made her rounds and saw Salvat lying in his bed. Salvat appeared to be comfortable, but complained of a headache, she said.

She continued her rounds and later heard a thump and commotion coming from Salvat's room. When the neurologist entered the room, Salvat was on the floor with a nurse next to him. He arched and straightened his back, and his arms and legs twitched. When she approached him, he rolled over on his back and grabbed her ankle and made eye contact with her.

The neurologist said the motion was purposeful and was not a typical post-seizure reaction.

When the neurologists was asked if Salvat's seizure was faked, she couldn't say. You need to know the patient's background, emotional state, psychiatric background and personal wants, she said.

During the defense's cross-examination, the defense asked her if she was there to say that Salvat was malingering. "I can't say," she said. "There is no specific one thing that is indicative of diagnosing seizures."

The neurologist said that based on observations and medical records, she would diagnose Salvat with pseudo seizures, which is a non epileptic seizures, she said.

"We called 29 witnesses," said Capt. Randy Hicks, prosecuting attorney with Moody AFB Judge Advocate Office. "So far we are confident in the case; however, it would be inappropriate to make any prediction at this time."

Hicks described the case as atypical due to the different areas overall connected with alleged misconduct.



To contact reporter Rip Prine, please call 244-3400, ext. 237.



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