A doctor who practiced in Encino was sentenced Tuesday to one year in county jail and ordered to relinquish his medical license and register as a sex offender after pleading no contest to sexually exploiting five female patients.
Michael Popkin, a 69-year-old general practitioner, was also ordered to undergo 52 weeks of sexual compulsion counseling, serve three years on probation, and barred from practicing medicine and having any contact with the victims for a 10-year period.
Popkin pleaded no contest to one felony count of sexual exploitation by a physician involving the five patients, along with one misdemeanor count of sexual battery involving one of the women, according to Ricardo Santiago of the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Popkin engaged in conduct ranging from forcibly kissing a patient to inappropriately fondling patients, with the charges against him involving conduct between June 2014 and October 2016, according to Deputy District Attorney Richard Quinones.
After the case was filed, Popkin was allowed to see female patients in exam rooms only in the presence of a court-appointed monitor/chaperone, and was subsequently barred by a judge last October from treating or attempting to treat female patients, according to Medical Board of California records.
Popkin — who spent one day behind bars after his December 2016 arrest — is set to surrender May 1 to serve the remainder of his jail term.
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