September 8, 1996 in Nation/World

Doctor Gets 3 Years In Assault On Patient

Compiled From Wire Services

A doctor convicted of sexually assaulting a sedated patient was sentenced to 3 to 10 years in prison on Friday.

Dr. Patrick Griffin was rebuked by Justice Marcy Kahn of state Supreme Court, who said Griffin had betrayed the trust of his patient and committed a heinous attack.

Griffin, 41, was convicted of sodomy for a 1995 incident in which he performed oral sex on a female patient who had been sedated for a gastroenterological examination but was conscious.

Nearly 150 patients and colleagues wrote the judge on Griffin’s behalf, describing him as a compassionate doctor who had helped the community by treating many poor patients at no cost.

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