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Sex felon to give up his medical license

Neurologist Danny Iskandar, a convicted sex felon, will give up his medical license this weekend, state officials said.

Iskandar, who pleaded guilty in March to attempting to molest one woman and improperly touching six others, has agreed to surrender his license at the state Board of Medicine meeting in Orlando on Saturday.

"He won't practice again as a doctor in Florida," said Nina Bottcher, board spokeswoman. "If he goes to another state, (his record) will follow him."

The move is the latest in a series of legal actions facing Iskandar, who was sentenced to two years of house arrest and five years' probation after his guilty plea.

At least four former patients have filed civil lawsuits against him, and he is the subject of a federal immigration investigation, according to court records.

Iskandar's Tampa attorney, Ralph Fernandez, said his client, a native of Indonesia with a heavy accent, is being punished too harshly, the victim of prejudice.

He said that other doctors have committed similar acts but received far more lenient treatment. Iskandar decided to surrender his license rather than fight a losing battle, he said.

"Iskandar was never going to be treated like anyone else," Fernandez said. "There's no doubt his case was singled out. He never had a chance. He is a victim also."

Iskandar declined to comment.

Pasco detectives arrested Iskandar on charges of sexually molesting two women last year, but the number of victims grew to seven by the time of his trial.

The story was similar in each case. The patients, all women, went to see Iskandar for neurological examinations. But during the exams, he would touch their breasts or genital areas.

Iskandar pleaded guilty to the charges March 18 but the next day was back on the job at his office on Grand Boulevard in New Port Richey. The state Agency for Health Care Administration filed an emergency suspension order after protest from the victims.

Two months later, federal Immigration and Naturalization Service investigators contacted court officials for information on Iskandar's crimes, according to court records.

"The information is necessary for an ongoing investigation and pending immigration proceedings," according to a letter in the file. Immigration investigators could not be reached for comment, and it was unclear Monday whether Iskandar may face deportation.

Fernandez declined to comment on the inquiry. He said his client is a beaten man.

"This is a sad case from the beginning to the end," he said.