In the northern California city of Redding a physician was handcuffed in Shasta County Superior Court and escorted to jail last week. He was sentenced to 7 months behind bars for having a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old former patient.
Doctor Timothy William Wilkins, age 41, changed his “not guilty” plea to “guilty” in February, to 4 felony charges of Unlawful Sexual Intercourse with a Minor; 3 misdemeanor charges of Contributing to the Delinquency of a Minor and 1 charge of providing lewd material to a minor.
Wilkins was employed in the emergency department at Mayers Memorial Hospital at the time of his arrest in June 2014. He was originally charged with 12 felonies and 4 misdemeanors.
Shasta County Deputy D.A. Sarah Murphy, argued in court for a 9-month sentence, ridiculing the doctor’s testimony that he thought the 16-year-old teenager was older than 21. Superior Court Judge Dan Flynn agreed. “This doctor knew full well what her age was. He was aware during the relationship she was a minor,” he said. But he still lowered the sentence from 9 months to 7.
A Redding Police Department press release early in the case reported that the girl’s mother came forward, saying she had discovered text messages on her daughter’s cellphone that proved she was involved in a sexual relationship with the doctor.
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