Former Redding doctor sentenced to prison for sex crimes with patients

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A former Redding neurologist was sentenced to more than 25 years of prison after he was convicted of sexually assaulting numerous patients.

Shasta County Superior Court Judge Daniel Flynn sentenced Dr. Hamid Rabiee to 27 years and eight months in prison Tuesday.

The sentence comes after a jury convicted Rabiee in June on 63 counts related to the repeated sexual assault of his patients, according to the Shasta County District Attorney's Office.

During the sentencing, many of the women who were abused by the doctor spoke about the "terrible impacts Rabiee's crimes have had on their lives," the DA's office said in a Facebook post announcing the judge's sentence.

"After which, the judge described their speeches as some of the most impactful victim statements he’s heard in his career," the DA's office said.

At the time of his arrest in February 2018, officials said Rabiee used inappropriate physical conduct toward female patients under the guise of medical treatment.

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The charges stem from an investigation by the Redding Police Department into multiple complaints of inappropriate and unwelcome physical contact by Rabiee.

The charges involve Rabiee allegedly touching the victims' breasts, buttocks and vaginal area during exams.

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Rabiee had his medical license suspended in March 2018, according to the California Medical Board.

He is required to serve 85% of his sentence because one of the crimes he was convicted of was a violent felony, the DA's office said.

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Damon Arthur is the Record Searchlight’s resources and environment reporter. He is part of a team of journalists who investigate wrongdoing and find the unheard voices to tell the stories of the North State. He welcomes story tips at 530-338-8834 by email at damon.arthur@redding.com and on Twitter at @damonarthur_RS. Help local journalism thrive by subscribing today!

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