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LDS Doctor's sex abuse conviction upheld (Doctor's convictions for sexually abusing patients upheld)
Sacramento CA Bee (AP) 21Jan00 D2

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -- The controversial sex-abuse conviction of LDS Doctor John E. Parkinson was upheld by California's 1st District Court of Appeals on Thursday. The Court said that one juror's use of her medical knowledge to answer other juror's questions about evidence didn't taint the jury's deliberations.

But the Court did order a Solano County judge to consider the Doctor's claim that the juror was biased against him, since the juror, a nurse, had been in a dispute with Parkinson in the past.

Parkinson, a former LDS leader in Fairfield, California, was given a six year, eight month prison sentence for abusing two patients, who were also members of the LDS Church. Parkinson's medical license was revoked in 1995 after more than two dozen women complained that his pelvic exams were 'excessive.' While the Medical Board didn't discover any sexual abuse, one of the patients that supported him before the Board later accused him of molesting her and her daughter. Parkinson claimed that his conduct was medically necessary.


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