A 53-year-old fake surgeon was sentenced on Friday to 20 years in prison for sexually assaulting his patients, many of whom were immigrants in the Mission district, according to the district attorney’s office.
Jurors found Carlos Guzmangarza, of San Francisco, guilty of 33 felonies, eight misdemeanors and other charges on Oct. 7, according to the district attorney’s office. Those charges ranged from practicing medicine without a license to identity and grant theft, assault with force causing great bodily injury and false impersonation.
“This individual was preying on immigrants and taking advantage of the doctor-patient relationship,” District Attorney George Gascon said. “He will have a lot of time to reflect on his reprehensible conduct.”
Guzmangarza beat 18 other charges that were before the jury and faced up to 36 years in prison.
During the trial, the prosecution argued Guzmangarza posed as a plastic surgeon who used his position to take advantage of women — sexually assaulting one patient and leaving a four-inch needle in another client’s buttocks.
His defense attorney said, on the other hand, he provided cut-rate but reliable plastic surgery to mostly Latina woman in the Mission, who sought him out despite having no license and never having attended medical school.
Starting in 2008, Guzmangarza opened and ran a plastic surgery clinic in the Mission that did liposuction, breast and buttocks augmentation and a face-lift alternative procedure.
During that time, out of his Derma Clinic on the 2500 block of Mission Street, he masqueraded as a licensed physician’s assistant and took advantage of his clients physically, monetarily and psychologically.
Guzmangarza has been in-custody at County Jail since his arrest on December 22, 2011.
Read more criminal justice news on the Crime Ink page in print. Follow us on Twitter: @sfcrimeink