United Press International
January 23, 1982
Dateline: LOS ANGELES
A psychiatrist who billed Medi-Cal $1,500 for 11 counseling sessions with a woman patient — nine of which included sex with his patient while her boyfriend watched — has been sentenced to six months in jail.
Municipal Court Judge Marion Obera imposed the sentence on Dr. George Huthsteiner, 61, Friday, saying the billings constituted both grand theft and petty theft of Medi-Cal funds and a violation of his parole.
Obera also fined Huthsteiner, a neuropsychiatrist, $9,760, and remanded him directly to jail.
Deputy City Attorney Lynn Miller said Huthsteiner pleaded no contest in 1978 to illegally prescribing a variety of drugs. He spent six days in jail, but did not lose his license to practice.
Prosecutors said the sexual misbehavior occurred last spring when the woman involved went to see Huthsteiner because she was experiencing emotional problems.
The woman said Huthsteiner told her to take off her clothes and then he massaged her body.
At first, the sessions took place in Huthsteiner’s suburban Northridge office but then he moved them to an X-rated motel.
When the woman became uneasy after the first two sessions, she obtained the doctor’s permission to have her boyfriend in attendance, but he did nothing but watch.
The woman eventually reported the episodes to authorities, and the city attorney’s office filed charges against Huthsteiner for violating his parole.
He was not charged for having sex with a patient because sexual misconduct is not a crime for a doctor, prosecutors said.