From the lawsuit against Dr. Leon Fajerman
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The Medical Board of California last month filed accusations against two county physicians. Three female patients stated that Dr. Leon Fajerman, a psychiatrist, physically forced himself on them in attempts to get sexual gratification.

One patient said that in October of last year, Fajerman placed an appointment card inside her dress and touched her breast. He then hugged her as she tried to get away, according to the accusation. "He told her that he would like to undress her," says the board. He tried to set up a meeting so that they could have intercourse, according to the accusation.

She contacted law enforcement, and a phone call between the psychiatrist and the patient was set up. An audio recording application was installed on her cell telephone. In the conversation, the patient asked the doctor if he remembered touching her breasts, buttocks, and private parts. The doctor said that something like that had happened, according to the accusation. In the conversation, Fajerman wanted to set up a meeting with her. He told her to "wear perfume, all over, from top to bottom."

A second patient complained that he pushed her against the wall and forcibly kissed her on the mouth and groped one of her breasts. She asked him why he was doing that and, according to the accusation, he replied, "When you like something, you go for it."

A third patient was suffering emotional distress because of a family member's medical issues. The doctor, according to the accusation, pushed her onto a couch and groped her breasts and genitalia. They had unprotected sex. The board says Fajerman has breached the code of the medical profession.

Dr. Rex Lloyd Patrick Rhoten, a neurosurgeon, got into an accident in the car he was driving. The police officer suspected he had been drinking, but Rhoten refused to consent to a chemical test. Three hours after the accident, a forced blood draw was performed and Rhoten had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.26 percent. The district attorney's office filed a criminal complaint against him and he was convicted of driving under the influence of alcohol. The San Diego County Superior Court sentenced Rhoten to five years of probation. His conduct breached the rules or ethical code of the medical profession, says the board.

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Don Bauder Oct. 12, 2017 @ 2:20 p.m.

Matt Valenti: Your bulldog reporting on San Diego Junior Theatre exposed sexual misbehavior among the adults there. One of them has gone to prison. Best, Don Bauder


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