Judge: Doctor to remain free

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.Mahendra Udani, sentenced in May to two years in jail after a jury found him guilty of sexual battery and sexual exploitation by a doctor, can remain free on $500,000 bail while his case is appealed, Torrance Superior Court Judge Michael Vicencia said. Udani, 55, of Palos Verdes Estates faced going to jail immediately if it could be shown Monday that he was continuing to practice medicine despite Vicencia’s order to stay away from patients. Chris Frost, an attorney arguing the case for the Torrance City Prosecutor’s Office, contended Udani violated the order by working in his office for at least two months after the conviction, taking a portion of the money earned by a replacement doctor, sending out bills with his name on them, and keeping an office sign with his name on it. The new doctor, Sitaraman Jyotheeswaran, testified, however, that he entered into an agreement to buy Udani’s practice and pay him over the next three years. Although Udani came to the office for about two months, Jyotheeswaran said it was only to introduce patients to him. Jyotheeswaran also testified that Udani’s sign was taken down last month, and bills had Udani’s name on them because it was expensive to alter the computer billing system. SEX ABUSE: Redondo Beach physician is found not to be in violation of court order. By Larry Altman STAFF WRITER A prominent South Bay doctor stripped of his license to practice medicine following a conviction for sexually assaulting two patients did not violate a court order by remaining in his office, a judge ruled Monday. Udani no longer works at the Prospect Avenue practice in Redondo Beach, Jyotheeswaran said. Vicencia ruled Udani’s actions were part of the transition to the replacement physician. Udani’s attorney, Harland Braun, said in an interview that Udani is not seeing patients. The attempt to put his client immediately in jail was a “complete waste of time,” he said. “It was totally unnecessary,” Braun said. “He hasn’t seen a patient since his conviction.” In addition, Udani avoided jail Monday by handing over a check for more than $115,000. The doctor was ordered to pay his two victims the money as restitution, but he had failed to meet an Oct. 17 deadline. Udani, a gastroenterologist, was convicted of massaging, squeezing and pinching his victims’ breasts while he treated them at a Torrance hospital and his Redondo Beach office. [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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