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Members of the Alabama Medical Licensure Commission unanimously suspended Janaki Ram Prasad Earla's license to practice medicine in Alabama at a special-called meeting Friday afternoon after he was recently arrested for human trafficking of a minor.

Earla, a physician with the Wellness Medical Center in Trussville, was arrested by the Blount County Sheriff's Office after allegedly inappropriately touching a 17-year-old female patient and planning to meet her at a local motel, according to The Trussville Tribune.

According to the outlet, the Blount County Sheriff's Office launched an investigation on October 5 after the teen's mother contacted investigators to report an inappropriate incident that had taken place during the teen's October 4 appointment with Earla. The girl allegedly told her mother that Earla put a stethoscope on her breasts instead of above her breasts.

Charging documents state that Earla then took the teen to his office, where he told her she was beautiful and had her put her cell phone number in his cell phone, according to The Trussville Tribune. He texted her, "You can text me whenever you feel like." Earla allegedly continued to text the minor, insisting that she keep their texts a secret from her parents.

Earla was arrested on October 11 at a Days Inn Motel in Oneonta, where he thought he was meeting the female patient.

Earla, 59, is currently being held without bond in the Blount County Jail. He is being charged with first-degree human trafficking of a minor.

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