Authorities announced Tuesday, that 68-year old Dr. Michael Popkin was arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting several female patients during their exams over the last 15 years.
According to investigators, these alleged sexual assaults took place in his office on Balboa Blvd between 2001 and 2016. Two woman have reported incidents that are said to have taken place in 2014 and 2016.
One of the woman said to reporters after being questioned Tuesday morning about having reservations of coming forward, “At the very beginning? Yes. But once I started, I was angry, and this is my way of venting out what I need to vent out. Because this is not right.”
LAPD Detective Edward Moreno was present standing alongside the alleged victim during her remarks. “A doctor is looked upon as being a person with a special skill, so a lot of people can’t believe, “Hey, can a doctor do this?” Moreno said.”A doctor’s a regular person.”
Popkin is facing one count of sexual exploitation of a patient and three counts of sexual battery, according to LAPD, who arrested the doctor last week. Popkin posted bail and was released. He has a court appearance December 30.
If you or someone you love is suspected of sexual assault or any sex crime, please call Orange County criminal defense lawyer Staycie R. Sena at (949) 477-8088 for a consultation now.