2012-06-28 / Front Page
Trial of family doctor expected to begin soon
The criminal trial of a former Thousand Oaks family practice doctor accused of sexually assaulting at least two female patients will likely be postponed on Friday, according to Dep. District Attorney Cynthia Nguyen.
Barry Lefkovitch’s trial is scheduled to begin Fri., June 29 at Ventura County Superior Court.
“I’m almost positive that it is not (going to begin),” Nguyen said, citing a conflict with her trial schedule.
Another date has not yet been set, she said.
Lefkovitch, 56, is charged with three felony counts of forcible sexual penetration and one misdemeanor charge of sexual battery. He is also charged with two counts of sexual exploitation of a patient—one misdemeanor and one felony, according to court records.
The defendant, who is out on bail, was a longtime physician with the Arroyo Oaks Medical Group, 2230 Lynn Road in Thousand Oaks. He was arrested Dec. 22, 2010, at his home in the North Ranch area of Thousand Oaks after a 29-year-old woman told police that Lefkovitch touched her inappropriately without gloves during a routine medical exam.
In February 2011 the doctor was suspended from practicing medicine after police said they found at least four more possible victims.
If convicted on all charges, Lefkovitch faces up to 13 years in prison, Nguyen said.
Calls to Lefkovitch’s attorney, Brian Vogel, were not returned. An assistant in his office told the Acorn they expect the trial to begin this summer.