A judge sentenced Newport Beach psychiatrist James Harrington White to six years and eight months in prison Wednesday for sexually molesting a 29-year-old patient while the man was unconscious.
White, 48, pleaded guilty last spring to two counts of sexual molestation stemming from one incident, which he had preserved on videotape. But the day before he was scheduled to be sentenced in August, White fled the state, eluding police for two months until he was arrested in Texas.
On Wednesday, Superior Court Judge Myron S. Brown chastised White for thumbing his nose at the court with his disappearance.
“I don’t think he pleaded guilty to relieve the victim of any pain and anguish,” Judge Brown said. “He did it so he could be free on bail and plan and plot his departure from our system.” …