Mission doctor gets 10 years for false pelvic exams

A Mission district doctor was slapped with a decadelong prison sentence Monday for giving patients pelvic exams they didn’t need.

Jose Rosas, 56, was prescribed 10 years and eight months in the slammer for sexually assaulting three women, according to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. He was arrested June 7, 2005.

Rosas was a general practitioner in a private practice serving largely Spanish-speaking patients, prosecutors said. While patients came to him with complaints of head, back and neck pains, Rosas would conduct unnecessary pelvic exams, authorities said.

His version of the exam was “inappropriate and unprofessional,” they said. Rosas reportedly continued to practice, and abuse patients, while awaiting trial, authorities said. He was arrested again in 2007 after conducting a vaginal examination on a woman in her late 60s, cops said.

His victims lacked English proficiency and sought Rosas “because he was a Spanish-speaking medical doctor from Peru,” they said.

“This sentence sends an important message to all that abuse positions of trust,” District Attorney Kamala Harris said in a statement.

maldax@sfexaminer.com

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