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Can dentist convicted of sexual battery practice again after serving his time?

Q: What happened to Woodland dentist Mark Anderson, who went to prison for groping female patients? Can he practice dentistry again if he has served his time?

ADonovan, Carmichael

A: Mark Anderson, a Woodland dentist, was convicted in 2009 of a dozen counts of sexual battery for molesting female patients and was sentenced to six years in state prison.

The Dental Board of California suspended Anderson’s license to practice dentistry in 2007, after he was accused of inappropriate conduct, according to records available online. His license was subsequently revoked in 2011.

Women who testified at trial described Anderson reaching into their bras and making comments about their breasts, according to stories in The Sacramento Bee.

Anderson’s defense was that he had touched the women’s chests as treatment for TMJ, or temporomandibular joint disorder, a painful jaw condition.

The first patient to come forward contacted authorities in September 2007. Eventually, 26 women told similar stories to Woodland police.

Grand jurors indicted Anderson in October 2007 on 20 felony counts and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery based on the testimony of 14 women.

In the 2009 trial, a Yolo County jury convicted Anderson of 11 felony counts and one misdemeanor count.

Prosecutors said he would have to register for the rest of his life as a sex offender.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy