In 2004, a 21-year-old woman underwent surgery in Rhode Island on her knee after a sports related injury. Following the surgery, she accused anesthesiologist Russel Aubin of inappropriately touching her while she was being operated on and under the effects of anesthesia. During the course of the trial, details came out from a similar case brought against the doctor in Massachusetts four years earlier that did not result in the doctor being charged. Aubin lost his license, despite being acquitted in court. The decision to revoke his license was upheld in 2007 after he tried to appeal on grounds of a violation of due process.
The anesthesiologist resurfaced in 2008 in Guam, where nurses complained that he had been hired despite his license being revoked in both states in which charges had been brought against him.
In 2012, while practicing in Guam and after giving evidence that he was undergoing training in patient boundaries and was found psychologically fit for practice, the Board of Medical Licensure and Discipline reinstated his license to practice in Rhode Island.