Rockland eye doctor sentenced to 30 days in jail for sexually abusing 12-year-old girlPosted: Updated:
A Rockland eye doctor was sentenced Thursday to 30 days in jail and six years' probation for sexually abusing a 12-year-old girl in 2012.
Dr. Hiten Lakhani maintained his innocence during sentencing in a Clarkstown court.
"I have never intentionally hurt anyone in my entire life," says Lakhani.
Lakhani, who will have to register as a sex offender, could have received up to one year behind bars. The district attorney's office asked for two months behind bars, saying the victim has been traumatized by the incident.
According to prosecutors, Lakhani's family was also close with the victim's family. However, that all changed in 2016 when the girl accused Lakhani of inappropriately touching her and taking lewd photographs.
When Lakhani spoke in court, the victim had to leave. Her family tells News 12 she was sickened by his words. The girl was treated by paramedics outside the court and later taken to the hospital.
Prosecutors say Lakhani will still be allowed to practice at his ophthalmology clinic in Bardonia when he gets out of jail.
Lakhani's attorney says his client will only serve 20 days of the 30-day sentence. Lakhani plans to appeal the case.