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A Chattanooga doctor arrested in 2012 on charges of attempted child molestation has had his medical license revoked.

Vikul Patel, 35, who practiced internal medicine at Nephrology Associates, was arrested in September 2012 by the now-disbanded Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force after he traveled to Rossville, Ga., with plans to have sex with a minor child, arresting officers said.

Patel was fired from Nephrology Associates shortly after his arrest.

The Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners revoked his license on May 20 on the grounds of "unprofessional, dishonorable or unethical conduct; conviction of a felony, conviction of any offense involving moral turpitude or conviction of any offense for which the person is required to register as a sexual offender or violent sexual offender."

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Patel came to the attention of law enforcement over the Internet when he began a series of "chats" with undercover agents about his desire to have sex with a minor child, newspaper archives show.

He was charged with attempted child molestation and violation of the Computer Pornography Act.

The FBI-led Northwest Georgia Crimes Against Children Task Force was disbanded in 2013, and special agent Ken Hillman, who led the task force, has been suspended and is under criminal investigation.

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