o help determine eligibility of physicians to participate in the Physician of the Day program. Unfortunately it is now clear there are holes in the information provided on the Texas Medical Board Web site," the statement said.
Because of the incident, the family physicians academy said, it would strengthen its screening of the volunteer doctors.
Lolly Lockhart, a nurse consultant of Tallant said that he was a " a very fine upstanding physician and citizen."
She said the criminal charge resulted from his mistake in judgment and involved the relative of a woman he once dated. The young woman allegedly tried several times to seduce the doctor when he was divorced and lonely, Lockhart said.
"He's not a predator at all," she said.
Tallant is now remarried. He practices medicine part time on a fill-in basis and enjoys volunteer work, including the Capitol duty, Lockhart said.
In January, Rep. Leo Berman, a Tyler Republican, said he was unaware of Tallant's criminal past when he was asked to introduce him.
"I introduced the doctor never seen him before in my life," Berman recalled. "The speaker yelled down, 'Leo, could you introduce the doctor of the day so we can get started?' "
Berman said it's "horrendous" that Tallant was allowed to be the doctor for the day and that he believes there should be tougher screening of the doctors and of clergy members who appear to present the prayer each day at the Legislature.
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