- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PETOSKEY, Mich. (AP) - A northern Michigan family care doctor who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a patient under the pretense of therapy has been sentenced to 38 months to 10 years in prison.

Richard Ferguson pleaded guilty in August to a felony charge of assault with intent to commit sexual penetration and learned his punishment on Tuesday.

An Emmet County prosecutor says other charges were dropped in the plea deal.

The 60-year-old Ferguson worked for Little Traverse Bay Family Medicine in Petoskey and was arrested in April. Authorities say he treated a female patient in June 2012 for “flashbacks and repercussions” of sexual abuse when she was younger.

They say he repeatedly sexually assaulted her and hired the woman to work in his office.

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