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Ex-Doctor Handed Max. Sentence for Sexual Misconduct

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CHARLOTTE, Mich. (WLNS) - A judge hit a former Charlotte doctor with the maximum sentence Wednesday for sexual misconduct within his office.

Kassem Hallak was sentenced to 15 years with parole after seven, the most he could possibly be given by Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham. The incidents happened between 2002 and 2006 at the Charlotte Medical Center & Urgent Care on Meijer Drive.

"It is my time to heal and it is his time to be punished," said one of the victims inside the courtroom.

"I will sleep better at night knowing that we will be spending eternity in different places," said another.

Prosecuting Attorney Kelly Morton says Hallak's victims are pleased with the sentence. "Something that they've all expressed concern about from the beginning that he not be allowed to see patients ever again."

The Hallak family, however, was devistated. "They knew he was going to get a prison term. We were hoping it would be the lesser. They're very disappointed obviously,and I'm here to console them," said Defense Attorney Elias Muawad.

Muawad says the support from the community was overwhelming. He says 55 letters from former patients were sent to the judge, but it wasn't enough to lessen his sentence.

He was convicted in June for eight counts of criminal sexual conduct. He was originally charged with 11. Muawad says they're planning to appeal.

As a Canadian citizen, Hallak would likely be allowed to move back to his home country. He will forever be barred from practicing medicine here in the United States, and would also likely not be allowed to practice in Canada.

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