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Mesa cardiologist gets jail term in fondling case


PHOENIX – A Mesa cardiologist accused of fondling 19 of his female
patients during medical exams or surgery has been sentenced to one year in jail.

A Maricopa County Superior Court judge also sentenced Dr. Richard J. Lewis on
Thursday to 15 years of supervised probation.

The 55-year-old Lewis pleaded guilty last month to 18 counts of aggravated
assault.

He was arrested by Mesa police in June 2009 over sexual abuse claims made by
two patients. Other alleged victims came forward and county authorities indicted
Lewis in January 2010 on 61 felony counts involving 19 women who allegedly were
fondled between December 2004 and June 2009.

Advanced Cardiac Services of Mesa fired Lewis shortly after his arrest.

Lewis later entered into an agreement to temporarily suspend his medical
license in Arizona.