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Oklahoma, doctor sentenced to 10 years in prison for sex crimes

Juan Lases, of Yukon, pleaded no contest at trial to accusations made by woman; defendant had a 20-year history of sexual offenses with adults and children, prosecutors said
by Tim Willert Published: July 14, 2012
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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.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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