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Logan Dentist Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail

Logan Dentist Sentenced to 90 Days in Jail

Posted - Feb. 24, 2004 at 7:46 a.m.



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LOGAN, Utah (AP) -- A dentist who admitted to giving a women a controlled substance and then videotaping a sexual encounter with her will serve 90 days in jail.

John A. Israelsen, 47, was ordered to surrender to Cache County sheriff's jail deputies by Monday to begin his sentence. Israelsen also was granted work release during his 90-day jail stay.

The sentence was recommended by Adult Probation and Parole after Israelsen recently underwent a psychosexual evaluation.

Israelsen pleaded guilty Dec. 30 to sexual battery and attempting to supply methyltestosterone to the woman, who was not his patient.

Methyltestosterone is a prescription drug used to strengthen bone. It is also believed to promote aggressive sexual behavior, among other side effects, according to the National Institute of Health.

"I think he understands he crossed the line and made some mistakes and now has to pay the penalty," said John T. Caine, Israelsen's attorney.

Israelsen apologized to the woman, her friends and his family for what he did.

"I recognize I was wrong," he said. "I made a huge judgment in error in administering that to (the victim) ... I do accept full responsibility for my actions."

The Utah Division of Occupational and Professional Licensing wouldn't confirm whether Israelsen was being investigated for ethical violations.

Both Israelsen's controlled substance and anesthesia class II permits are active, and no disciplinary action has been taken against him, according to the division.

(Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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