A dentist who faces criminal sex charges in South Dakota can still have his dental license in Minnesota.
Andrew Heinisch faces multiple counts of sex acts with inmates. He was under contract to perform dental work at the Minnehaha County jail. His license is still listed as active, but that could soon change.
Andrew Heinisch made his first appearance in Minnehaha County Court on Monday. Allegations against the Worthington, Minnesota dentist include allegedly fondling the breasts of women he was examining at the jail.
Deputies say on June 9, an inmate told authorities Heinisch inappropriately touched her. Further investigation found five other victims. KELOLAND News wanted to find out how his case will affect his career.
“We are aware of this situation, we were made aware of this situation,” Bridgett Anderson, Executive Director of the Minnesota Board of Dentistry, said.
Anderson can’t comment on Heinisch’s case. She says, in general, the board can temporarily suspend a license if a Minnesota dentist faces criminal charges.
“If it was a criminal conviction related to a DUI, obviously that is processed differently than this type of sexual misconduct… is, you know, definitely… we see that as an egregious allegation,” Anderson said.
If someone is convicted of a crime, Anderson says the board can discipline that person more. Further disciplinary action may include suspending the license indefinitely.
According to the Board’s website, Heinisch still has his. Anderson says the process of temporarily suspending a dental license can take weeks. The board can also ask a licensee to stop practicing during a court case. KELOLAND News also asked Anderson if someone can get a license back after a criminal conviction. She says a dentist has the right to petition to get the license back, but the board can and has denied those in the past.
“We really diligently follow all cases like this. We really don’t want it to reflect, it’s really a small percent of the population,” Anderson said.