The workers' comp doctor convicted of sexually abusing two of his patients was sentenced Friday to a year in county jail and five years of probation.
Dr. Scott Dodd Anderson received the term from Sacramento Superior Court Judge Eugene L. Balonon, who also ordered the defendant to register as a sex offender when he gets out of jail.
Balonon said the case demonstrates that people from any walk of life can abuse positions of trust.
When they do, "They will suffer the consequences of their conduct," Balonon said.
Defense attorney Linda Parisi unsuccessfully sought to have Anderson placed in an electronic monitoring program to serve his time. She also asked Balonon to allow Anderson to turn himself in at a later date, but the judge had the doctor immediately remanded into custody.
Anderson initially had been accused in a 41-count complaint of rape, forced oral sex, sodomy and penetration by force in allegations involving five women he treated at U.S. HealthWorks on Folsom Boulevard from late 2007 to the fall of 2009.
Prosecutors pared the case down to 22 counts when Anderson first went to trial last October. The case ended in a mistrial, however, but a new jury this year convicted him May 23 on three felony counts of having sexual contact with two of his patients and three misdemeanor counts of sexually battering them.
Jurors could not reach verdicts on seven other counts in the retrial, and the DA's Office asked Friday that those charges be dismissed.
The 64-year-old Anderson was fired by U.S. HealthWorks when the allegations first came to light. He is now in the process of losing his medical license, Parisi said in court Friday.
Deputy District Attorney Laura Greene argued for a two-year state prison sentence for Anderson.
"There is credible evidence this is not the first occasion he sexually abused a patient," Greene said in court.
She said that although he has no prior convictions for sexual offenses, he was named in a civil suit in 1987 and accused of "forcibly" kissing and embracing one of his patients during an office visit.
The civil suit was later settled, according to Greene.
Parisi said there was no arrest in the civil case and that it would be unfair to bring it up for the purpose of giving Anderson a tougher sentence.
Greene said Anderson has expressed no remorse for his actions with vulnerable women who had been assigned to see him as a result of workplace injuries.
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