HIV-poz former doc gets 27 years on sex charges

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imageAn HIV-positive former emergency room doctor in Atlanta who packed condoms, lube and a sleeping bag to meet a teenage male for sex was sentenced to nearly 30 years in prison

Adam Lebowitz (photo), a physician at Grady Memorial Hospital and an Emory University medical resident whose license was later yanked, was convicted in February on one count of producing pornography and 10 years to life on a count of attempting to coerce a minor. On Monday, he was sentenced to 27 years in federal prison.

A jury found Lebowitz not guilty of another count of producing child pornography. His attorney, Steve Scarborough, questioned the assertions of prosecutors during the trial who said that Lebowitz had sex with the teens when they were underage.

Prosecutors allege Lebowitz used the Internet to find teen boys for sex, videotaped the encounters and posted them online. Lebowitz was arrested in 2006 when he arranged to meet a 15-year-old boy in Coweta County and had a sleeping bag, condoms, lube, hospital scrubs and a camera with him.

He pleaded guilty to soliciting underage sex in 2007, but that plea and its 20-year prison sentence were thrown out after Lebowitz was caught trying to board a flight to Hawaii.

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