Jan 9, 2014 11:55 AM by AP (PHOTO COURTESY: LEE PECK/KPLC)

Former doctor pleads guilty in voyeurism case

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - A former Lake Charles gynecologist accused of taking inappropriate photos of his unsuspecting patients will spend the next eight years in prison.

The American Press reports Dr. Peter Raymond LaFuria, 65m pleaded guilty in state district court Wednesday to five counts of video voyeurism, five counts of sexual battery, five counts of molestation of a juvenile and five counts of obscenity.

He was sentenced to eight years in prison, without benefit of probation or parole, and probation for five years after his release. He will also have to register as a sex offender.

He will serve his sentence "hour-for-hour and minute-for-minute," District Attorney John DeRosier said.

He was fined $5,000 on the obscenity charges and ordered to pay $25,000 in restitution for the cost of prosecution.

LaFuria has already surrendered his medical license and is no longer allowed to practice medicine, DeRosier said.

DeRosier said that LaFuria, who has not attended most of the case's hearings, was brought straight from the airport to the courthouse. After the plea hearing, he was expected to be transported to Calcasieu Correctional Center.

DeRosier said it is believed that LaFuria began taking photos of his patient's genitals in 1998, when digital cameras became prominent.

About 180 cases were prosecuted - LaFuria was originally indicted on 269 felony charges.

The case involved thousands of photos, which will be kept under seal and eventually will be purged, DeRosier said.

DeRosier said a plea deal was in the works the past month-and-a-half.


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