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Fake Doctor Faces Sex Charges

November 13, 1998

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) _ A man who allegedly posed as a doctor has been indicted on sex charges for performing pelvic and rectal exams on eight women.

Leonard Brian Schwartz already faced three counts of practicing medicine without a license and was indicted Thursday on six new charges.

Schwartz, a car salesman, lured victims with an offer to give B-12 shots, free exams and treatment for minor injuries, prosecutors said. He dressed the part and examined women on a gynecological table in his apartment, they said. He has no medical training and no college degree.

Schwartz, who lives in Old Bridge, faces up to 60 years in prison on charges that include criminal sexual contact and sexual assault. He remained in custody Friday in lieu of bail.

Schwartz’s attorney, Ken Weiner, said some of the women told him Schwartz was playing doctor as part of a consensual sexual fantasy.

Prosecutor Ronald Appleby said he planned to contact officials in Los Angeles, New York, Phoenix, Rockville, Md. and Herndon, Va. _ cities where Schwartz lived over the past 20 years _ to see if other women have come forward.

Schwartz pleaded guilty to assault and allegedly impersonating a doctor in New York in 1993 and for practicing without a medical license in Jersey City more than 20 years ago.

The eight New Jersey women went to Schwartz between May 1996 and November 1997, Appleby said.

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