SACRAMENTO, CA - A former urologist who lost his medical license after pleading guilty to child molestation charges is seeking court-ordered privacy in his effort to practice medicine again.
Kenneth Bruce Woods, 62, hopes to convince a judge that he no longer poses a possible risk to patients following his 2001 conviction in Placer County, and his attorneys claim media coverage could prevent him from getting a fair hearing.
Under the alias "John Doe," Woods filed a petition in October to force the Medical Board of California to reinstate his license and pay his legal fees.
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Following a News10 report on the petition, Woods' attorneys filed a motion with the court asking that all parties be ordered to maintain secrecy during the proceedings.
"I am informed and believe this is the first case of its kind... and am concerned about possible media attention detracting from our client obtaining a fair trial," wrote an associate from the law firm of Simas and Associates.
California law prohibits sex offenders listed on the Megan's Law registry from practicing medicine, but contains a provision allowing registered sex offenders to petition the superior court for license reinstatement if they can demonstrate they "no longer pose a possible risk to patients."
The court must rule on Woods' suitability to work again as a doctor within a year of his petition.
A hearing on Woods' motion for a protective order has been scheduled for Friday afternoon.
by George Warren, GWarren@news10.net