Doctor admits sexually assaulting, taking nude photos of patients

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Dr. Jeffrey Abrams

EL CAJON, Calif. — A doctor admitted sexually assaulting female patients and taking explicit photographs of them with his cell phone at an El Cajon clinic for low-income patients, a prosecutor said Friday.

Dr. Jeffrey Joel Abrams, 68, was arrested last November and his medical license was suspended.

He pleaded guilty Thursday to 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.

Abrams faces a sentence ranging from probation to more than 25 years behind bars, according to Deputy District Attorney Kerry Conway.

Sentencing is tentatively set for Sept. 18.

The sexual misconduct took place at Volunteers in Medicine, a low-income clinic in the 1400 block of Madison Avenue, Conway said.

The charges stem from incidents involving eight victims between June 2010 and June 2014, the prosecutor said.

Conway said Abrams conducted “unnecessary and inappropriate” vaginal exams on patients. He told the women he wanted to take photographs for teaching purposes, but no photos were found in the patients’ medical files, the prosecutor said.

A patient alerted authorities after she said Abrams touched her private area and took photos of her during a visit in January 2014. He was charged with using his cell phone to take thousands of photos of his female patients while they were undressed in an exam room.

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