Wednesday, December 14, 2016
Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested NR16385dmReseda: Detectives from the Los Angeles Police Department's West Valley Sex Crimes Unit arrested Dr. Michael Howard Popkin. He was charged with one count of Sexual Exploitation of a Patient and three counts of Sexual Battery.
Dr. Popkin is a medical doctor and surgeon who operates a medical practice in the Encino area. He has been licensed to practice medicine in the state of California since 1977. Dr. Popkin is accused of sexually assaulting multiple female patients in his office during medical examinations. The allegations of sexual assault span from 2001 all the way to 2016.
Based on Dr. Popkin's long career as a medical doctor and the multiple allegations of sexual assault by several different female patients, it is believed that there may be other unreported victims. "I recognize the difficulty for many sex crimes victims reluctant to report what happened to them, especially if the perpetrator is in a position of trust, like a doctor, and a respected member of the community," stated Detective Ninette Toosbuy, Officer-in-Charge of the West Valley Sex Crimes Unit.
Two of Dr. Popkin's victims will be available for interviews with the media. They would like to bring greater awareness to sexual assault committed by professionals during the scope of their duties. They also want to encourage other victims of sexual assault by Dr. Popkin to come forward and report the criminal act. "It is our hope to identify any other victims who have been sexually assaulted by Dr. Popkin," added Detective Toosbuy.
Michael Howard Popkin
All media interested in an interview, and anyone with information related to this crime is urged to call Detective Moreno, West Valley Sex Crimes Unit, at (818) 374-7714 or Detective Toosbuy, West Valley Sex Crimes Unit, at (818) 374-7718. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (1-877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the LA Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit www.lapdonline.org, and click on "Anonymous Web Tips" under the "Get Involved-Crime Stoppers" menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the "P3 Tips" mobile application and select the LA Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.