Kenneth Woods filed a petition under the name "John Doe"
CITRUS HEIGHTS, CA - A physician who lost his license after molesting a young female relative over a period of six years is seeking a court order to practice medicine again.
Kenneth Bruce Woods, 62, is a registered sex offender on the Megan's Law database, which prohibits him from working as a doctor in California.
Woods was a urologist with staff privileges at Sutter Roseville Medical Center and Mercy San Juan Medical Center prior to his 2001 conviction.
Under the alias "John Doe," Woods filed a petition in Sacramento County Superior Court seeking an order forcing the Medical Board of California to reinstate his medical license on the grounds that he no longer poses a possible risk to patients.
Woods also seeks state reimbursement for his attorney fees.
Woods, at the time a Rocklin resident, pleaded guilty on May 31, 2001 to four counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under 14 and was sentenced to a year in the Placer County Jail along with eight years of probation.
The petition filed last month is heavily redacted, including the graphic details of Woods' crimes, but News10 obtained documents from his 2001 disciplinary proceedings before the Medical Board.
Two detectives visited Woods at his home in December 2000 to interview him about allegations of sexual molestation. According to the document, Woods admitted having his first sexual contact with the girl when she was 6 or 7 years old, making her touch his penis through his clothing. Woods admitted performing oral sex on the girl when she was 9 and molesting her in the shower when she was 11. He told the detectives the last incident occurred when the girl was 12 or 13 and in the eighth grade.
Woods voluntarily surrendered his license in 2002 with the understanding he could get it back three years after he completed probation, according to his petition.
But in 2003, a new state law required the Medical Board to revoke the license of any physician who is a registered sex offender and to deny a license to any sex-offender applicant. Assembly Bill 236 was adopted unanimously in the legislature and applied retroactively to Woods.
The law, however, 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."
Woods says he can provide a favorable report from a renowned clinical psychologist specializing in the evaluation of sex offenders. Woods says he's been dedicated to rehabilitation for the past 10 years, which includes performing charitable work, studying about his offense and gaining insight into his mistakes, obtaining therapy and participating in his church group.
Despite using the name "John Doe" in the petition, Woods claims to be committed to sharing his story, which includes working with the California Sex Offender Management Board. Woods declined to answer questions about the petition when approached by News10 outside his home in Citrus Heights.
His attorney, Steven Simas, said he believes the petition is the first of its kind in California and recognizes it may stimulate a national debate.
"My job is not so much to deal with the national debate," Simas said. "My job is to determine if the evidence exists to meet the standard of the statute and let the judge decide."
License revocations due to sexual misconduct are relatively rare in California. According to the Medical Board, out of 128,641 doctors licensed in the state last year, 15 had their license revoked or voluntarily surrendered it because of sexual misconduct.
By George Warren, GWarren@news10.net