The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that Dr. Michael Popkin, 69-years old, was sentenced to one year in county jail and three years of formal probation for sexually assaulting five of his female patients during medical visits. Deputy DA Richard Quinones said that Popkin pleaded no contest to one felony count of sexual exploitation by a physician upon several patients and one misdemeanor count of sexual battery.
He was ordered to complete 52 weeks of sexual compulsion, register as a sex offender, relinquish his medical license and not practice medicine, in addition to having to refrain from having any contact with the victims for a period of ten years. Popkin will begin serving his jail sentence on May 1.
Popkin engaged in conduct ranging from forcibly kissing a patient to inappropriate fondling of patients, according to the prosecutor. These incidents in case LA084895 occurred over the course of two years on or between the dates of June 12th, 2014 and October 31, 2016. The women involved were present in court and made victim impact statements.
The case was investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department, West Valley Division.