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  1. debbie
    debbie April 27, 2009 at 2:35 pm |

    Huh. I was just diagnosed with TMJ two hours ago, and amazingly, it didn’t require any touching below my neck, let alone my breasts. What an arrogant asshole to imagine that people would believe such a bullshit argument.

  2. KathyMarie
    KathyMarie April 27, 2009 at 2:44 pm |

    The massive self-pity behind his tears and open weeping make me want to vomit. Yes, this is all about him. What he’s going through. What he believes happened (or is trying to convince us of). Fucker.

  3. Sheelzebub
    Sheelzebub April 27, 2009 at 2:51 pm |

    Yeah, Debbie, me too. I’ve got a nasty case of TMJ (serious clicking and facial pain at times) and the treatment will be a mouth appliance, not a grope. Go figure.

  4. Abyss2hope
    Abyss2hope April 27, 2009 at 2:59 pm |

    This is another case where the defendant reveals his rationalizations. He wanted to fondle women’s breasts and he found what to him was a plausible reason for doing what he wanted to do — without getting in trouble with the law or his wife.

    Thankfully, in this case his rationalizations weren’t accepted as evidence which nullified his crime and the violation of his patients.

  5. XtinaS
    XtinaS April 27, 2009 at 3:00 pm |

    In an emotional statement, Anderson said he was sorry that the women he’s convicted of molesting didn’t realize he was simply providing treatment.

    I… am… agog.  Wow.  What a thoroughly self-centered asshole.  I am impressed.

  6. preying mantis
    preying mantis April 27, 2009 at 6:16 pm |

    I too cannot think of anything past the clavicle, short of acupuncture/acupressure, that would even theoretically do a damned thing for TMJ.

    “Anderson said he was sorry that the women he’s convicted of molesting didn’t realize he was simply providing treatment.”

    You know, I’d think that having a dozen patients who just didn’t seem to realize that you were providing medical treatment when you did x would be a pretty clear sign that, even if you actually were providing medical treatment by doing x, it did not clear the bar for the informed and consenting parts of what make medical treatment not-assault.

  7. Renee
    Renee April 27, 2009 at 6:38 pm |

    Thanks for writing this up Cara. It troubled me very deeply when I read this story and I just did not have the words to do a take down on it.

  8. Antigone
    Antigone April 27, 2009 at 6:52 pm |

    Even if he was trying to deliver medical care, it’s STILL sexual assault if he didn’t get informed consent. That’s no defense at all.

  9. Chris
    Chris April 27, 2009 at 7:03 pm |

    “Anderson said he was sorry that the women he’s convicted of molesting didn’t realize he was simply providing treatment.”

    Yeah, it’s not like he has some magic box in his head that produces sounds that can be interpreted to mean things. There was just no way for him to make them realize!

    Of course, he’s obviously lying, so that’s kind of a moot point anyway.

  10. amandaw
    amandaw April 27, 2009 at 7:38 pm |

    I have been to many, many doctors in my life.

    With one exception, every doctor who has to touch me in any way will indicate what they are going to do, and if it’s anything more questionable than pinching my big toe, they ask. Even when they listen with their stethescopes. Even when they feel my spine. Even when I have to lie back and let them check the gut area.

    They explain what they are going to do, and if it’s not standard, they explain why it’s beneficial — what it is going to tell them or what it is going to do for me. I mean, it’s very short. They don’t sit there and verbally recite a five-page article on this testing method or that treatment.

    But they always
    1) inform the patient and
    2) confirm their consent.

    Treatment requires consent. Period, end of story. Just the same as sexual interaction. Treatment requires the consent of the treated. I haven’t been through med school myself, but I will bet you the contents of my savings account that they emphasize this strongly when they are going through ethics. I guarandamntee it. No medical professional ever touches a patient without the patient’s consent. Even the nurses explain what they’re going to do before they check your gdamn pulse.

    All of this is meant to drive home the point that this doctor knew damn fucking well what he was doing. He wasn’t “treating” the patients, and if that is what he meant to do (very doubtful) it is still a major violation of professional and commonfuckingsense ethics.

    So even own his defense condemns him.

  11. RD
    RD April 27, 2009 at 9:24 pm |

    No medical professional ever touches a patient without the patient’s consent.

    O/T…if you are in a psych ward they do… :(

  12. SmithingChick
    SmithingChick April 27, 2009 at 9:44 pm |

    OK, I had really severa TMJ issues a while back. Bad enough thatthe muscle pain did extend past my head & neck. You know where it went? Down my *BACK*. Because that’s where that particular bunch of muscles goes. As if TMJ itself didn’t suck enough on its own….

    [Mod note: Trigger Warning]

    Sometimes, I find myself hoping guys like this end up someone’s “bitch” in prison so they can find out what it feels like to be so deeply violated. But then I realize that they’ll never believe that what they did was that bad.

  13. evil_fizz
    evil_fizz April 27, 2009 at 10:36 pm |

    Sometimes, I find myself hoping guys like this end up someone’s “bitch” in prison so they can find out what it feels like to be so deeply violated. But then I realize that they’ll never believe that what they did was that bad.

    I’m not saying that wanting someone truly comprehend what it means to be assaulted and violated isn’t an understandable urge or desire, but framing it like this is incredibly problematic for a number of reasons: the element of exploiting homophobia, the added perceived dirtiness of anal sex, the misogyny necessarily inherent in the idea of being someone’s bitch, etc. Wishing for vengeance isn’t per se wrong on its own terms. Wishing for vengeance like this is.

  14. amandaw
    amandaw April 28, 2009 at 8:20 am |

    RD, point def taken.

  15. Kathryn
    Kathryn April 28, 2009 at 9:02 am |

    “1. Murder is sometimes justified, while rape never is. That’s not to say that murder for vengeance is a good idea or that I’m promoting it. But that at least cases where killing someone is justifiable exist”

    i know it’s off topic, but I wondered what instances you were referring to as I can’t think of any?

  16. Jill
    Jill April 28, 2009 at 9:47 am | *

    Kathryn, self-defense would be one.

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  18. brista
    brista April 28, 2009 at 11:37 pm |

    “Anderson said he was sorry that the women he’s convicted of molesting didn’t realize he was simply providing treatment.”

    Sounds like the ol’ non-apology apology “I’m sorry if your feelings were hurt.” “I’m sorry you misunderstood.” Not, “I’m sorry I did something wrong.”

  19. SmithingChick
    SmithingChick May 1, 2009 at 12:53 pm |

    Cara & evil_fizz, you are completely right. I didn’t really think of it that way at all & I should have.

    Guys like the dentist described here get me angry beyond the point of rational thought- and in this case especially because my own experiences with TMJ tell me that he’s *really* full of crap. There’s no way rubbing someone’s breasts would be considered a treatment even for severe TMJ (see the first part of my previous post- Back & shoulders? Yes. Breasts or chest area? No. It’s a different muscle group).

    It isn’t so much that I want vengeance exactly; it’s that I want these guys to understand just what kind of hell they cause.

  20. stacy
    stacy May 2, 2009 at 7:37 pm |

    I am a patient advocate who personally has had TMJ disorder for 15 years, and helps many patients who also have it. Groping is NEVER a treatment for this (obviously) and VERY, VERY rarely is massaging anywhere below the neck. Usually dentists will refer to a massage therapist or physical therapist if other treatment is necessary. This guy is a criminal, there is no doubt about that.

  21. Andrew Dobbs
    Andrew Dobbs May 4, 2009 at 1:35 am |

    For a similar case, but involving a family practioner check out Jack Olsen’s Doc: The Rape of the Town of Lovell. Olsen was maybe the best crime writer who ever lived, and the story will remind you of why Mormonism is an assault on women. Before anybody jumps on me for being a Mormon basher, I’ll attack each and every religion on general terms and terms specific to each. As for the LDS, most of the women raped by the doctor in this book were LDS and thier church leaders tried to convince them they were at fault or were now unpure as a result and barred from the sacraments.

    Joseph Smith compared himself to Muhammad. Looks like his followers took a page from those of the other.

    Six years huh? Too bad he wasn’t a drug dealer…

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