No Jail Time For Doctor Who Raped And Took Nude Pictures Of His Unconscious Patients
This July, San Diego physician Dr. Jeffrey Joel Abrams plead guilty to sexually assaulting and taking nude pictures of at least 12 low-income patients at the free clinic where he worked, many of whom were unconscious at the time. He was sentenced, at that time, to 25 years and eight months in prison.
The official charges he plead guilty to, by the way, were “eight counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious person, three counts of sexual battery and one count of possession of child pornography, involving pictures of an 8-year-old girl.” Investigators say he had also been conducting “unnecessary and inappropriate” vaginal exams, and had told patients that he was taking pictures of them for “educational purposes,” which it turned out he was definitely not doing. Pretty horrifying, right? I’d say so.
Well! It may surprise you to know that Abrams entire sentence has been suspended and he will now only serve one year of house arrest. It’s true! This Friday, Judge Laura Halgren suspended his sentence just so long as he doesn’t violate his probation. He’ll have to register as a sex offender for life, and can’t practice medicine anymore, but for all intents and purposes, he’ll be free in about a year.
Abrams suffers from “kidney cancer and ailments,” which is reportedly why prosecutors agreed to the plea deal.