Sacramento California MD Found Guilty on 6 Counts of Sex Abuse
The trial of the Sacramento physician accused of sexually assaulting his patients ended in a guilty verdict two years ago this week. Of the 22 felony accusations made by the prosecution initially, including rape and sodomy, the wayward doctor was found guilty of six.
Deputy District Attorney Laura West convinced a Superior Court jury that Doctor Scott Dodd Anderson violated his patients’ rights while he performed worker’s compensation assessments at the U.S. Health Works clinic located on Folsom Boulevard.
During the trial the adult female victims testified that Anderson, age 64, would instruct them to bend over the exam table, where he would then “massage their inner thighs and the area between their legs.” Four different women described various incidents of the doctor pushing his groin against them and/or inappropriately fondling them. The incidents occurred between 2008-2009.
One prosecution witness was an investigator who testified that the details of the reported assaults were very similar. He said the victims had no way of knowing the details of each other’s complaints.
Anderson’s attorney, Patrick Hanly, argued that the “touching” did not go beyond what would be expected for normal medical treatment. He said the physical contact was misinterpreted.
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(July 12, 2013)
Doctor Scott Dodd Anderson was sentenced today to one year in county jail to be followed by five years probation, as the result of convictions on 6 counts of sexually assaulting patients at a workers’ compensation clinic. The judge ordered that he also register as a sex offender.
Anderson, age 64, was fired from U.S. HealthWorks four years ago as a result of the investigation.
Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene Balonon sentenced Anderson after the guilty verdicts were read on May 23. Jurors found the doctor guilty on three felony counts of engaging in sexual contact and three counts of misdemeanor sexual battery on two female patients.
Anderson had initially been charged with rape; forced oral sex, sodomy and penetration by force, in an original 41-count complaint that involved five alleged victims.
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