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Free 'breast exams' earn man, 81, prison term

Broward Sheriff's Office

Philip Winikoff, 81, admitted to fondling two women in 2006.

An 81-year-old Florida man who claimed he was a doctor and went door-to-door offering free breast exams was sentenced to 13 months' jailtime on Friday.

Philip Winikoff, of Coconut Creek, admitted approaching women in a Lauderdale Lakes apartment complex in 2006 under the guise of a doctor who was performing complementary breast exams in the area. Prosecutors said two women were assaulted before Winikoff was caught.

At his hearing, a judge also said Winikoff will be on probation for 15 years after his release from prison under the terms of a plea deal reached with prosecutors this week, reported NBCMiami.com.

According to Prosecutor Lawren Zann, Winikoff, carrying a black bag, introduced himself as a doctor to his victims and got them to invite him into their apartments. The first woman's boyfriend was in a different room in the apartment as Winikoff massaged her breasts and asked her to undress, Zann said, reported Florida's Sun-Sentinel.

He then allegedly fondled her genitals before the woman stopped the exam. He immediately found his next victim in the same apartment complex, and repeated the ruse, Zann said.

Winikoff was charged with sexual battery and practicing medicine without a license. Several family members were in court on his behalf, including his wife, The Sun-Sentinel reported.

Had Winikoff been convicted at trial, he could have faced up to 55 years in prison.