A judge called a 68-year-old doctor a predator Friday before sentencing him to 10 years in prison for groping a patient and exposing himself.
Juan Lases, of Yukon, pleaded no contest in May to sexual battery and indecent exposure charges because he said he felt he would be convicted by the jury hearing the case against him.
Oklahoma County District Judge Kenneth Watson also sentenced Lases to five years of probation. Lases has a history of sexual offenses.
“Maybe you should spend your final days in the penitentiary,” Watson said. “I hope it ends here, but I don't have any confidence it will.”
The attorney for Lases declined to comment.
The patient told police she caught Lases masturbating as he touched her buttocks during an August 2010 physical examination in his Oklahoma City office. She said she went to the doctor because she wasn't feeling well and thought she might be pregnant, police reported.
The woman testified at trial and is suing the doctor for negligence. A lawsuit, filed Nov. 17, 2010, is pending, attorneys said.
Lases, who had been in custody since May 23, told the judge he was remorseful and embarrassed.
“I take responsibility for my actions,” he said.
Prosecutors questioned the defendant's sincerity.
“He pleaded no contest, so he has not admitted any wrongdoing,” Assistant District Attorney Marcy Fassio told the judge. “I find his claims of remorse suspect, at best.”
Lases agreed in September 2010 not to practice medicine after the woman complained to the Oklahoma State Board of Medical Licensure & Supervision.
Lases became a doctor in Oklahoma in 1976 after graduating from a medical school in Mexico.
The medical board suspended his license in 1986 for sexual misconduct with a 10-year-old male patient and a 17-year-old female patient. He was allowed to practice again, at first on probation, after he received psychiatric and psychological treatment and attended group therapy, records show.
Prosecutors told the judge Friday that Lases admitted masturbating in public over 100 times.
“I feel bad for you because of your age,” Watson said. “But my feelings really don't count when it comes to protecting the community.”