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      Doctor pleads guilty to sexually assaulting patient

      Dr. Richard Ferguson plead guilty to criminal sexual conduct, assault with the intent to commit sexual penetration, which is a 10 year felony.

      An Emmet County doctor plead guilty on Monday to having an inappropriate relationship with a patient.

      Dr. Richard Ferguson plead guilty to criminal sexual conduct, assault with the intent to commit sexual penetration, which is a 10 year felony.

      According to the Emmet County Sheriff, Ferguson, 60, was arrested in April of 2014. The inappropriate doctor-patient relationship happened on June 1, 2012.

      Ferguson was a family care physician at Little Traverse Bay Family Medicine on the east side of Petoskey.

      The sheriff's office says that as part of her 'treatment', Ferguson would repeatedly sexually assault her to 'make her comfortable with her sexuality.' The victim suffered from sexual abuse when she was much younger.

      The victim told deputies that Ferguson would try to have intercourse during 'therapy.'

      Ferguson's sentencing has not been scheduled.