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.