Doctor Barry Lefkovitch, age 58, who worked in Thousand Oaks, was found guilty of the five of six charges:
> Three counts of felony forcible sexual penetration
> One count of felony sexual exploitation of two or more patients
> One misdemeanor count of violating professional ethical standards
Lefkovitch, who lived in Westlake Village, was first arrested in December, 2010 on assault charges of a 29-year old woman, who tesitifed that the doctor performed a vaginal exam without gloves.
The victim then cooperated with detectives and made phone calls to Lefkovitch, which police monitored without the doctor’s knowledge.
The recorded conversations were played back to the jury. During the calls, Lefkovitch told the victim he found her attractive and apologized for his behavior. He did not deny touching her without gloves.
Another victim came forward a week later. The woman worked as a nurse at Arroyo Oaks and was also a patient of Lefkovitch.
Further investigation by Ventura County detectives revealed two additional victims.
Leftkovitch had pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Due to the nature of the crimes by a medical professional, Judge Edward Brodie determined that public safety concerns barred the doctor from treating patients until the conclusion of the criminal case.
Deputy Attorney General Cindy Lopez urged the judge to impose a “complete shutdown” of Leftkovitch’s medical practice. He was a family practice physician employed by Arroyo Oaks Medical Group in Thousand Oaks.
“This doctor routinely engaged in sexual relations with patients and a staff member, for years,” Lopez told the court. “In the opinion of our expert, this man is a sexual predator.”
The Thousand Oaks doctor convicted of sexually assaulting female patients was sentenced to 8 years in prison.
Doctor Barry Lefkovitch, now age 58, sat quietly as Ventura County Superior Court Judge Ryan Wright admonished him for mistreating his patients, abusing his authority over subordinates and showing no remorse for his actions.
Wright denied defense attorney Steven Powell’s request for probation and said jury members who convicted Lefkovitch “got it right.”
“The defendant’s lack of remorse in this case is stunning, to say the very least,” Wright said. “He has blamed everyone else but himself. He blamed the victims, police officers, his attorneys and the court. The one person he has not blamed is himself.”