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Jury: Inmate assaulted doctor at Pa. state prison

| Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 9:51 p.m.

ERIE — An inmate doing time for offenses in Allegheny County and elsewhere has been convicted of sexually assaulting a female doctor in a state prison in Northwestern Pennsylvania.

D'Rob Sanders, 34, pretended to be another inmate in need of medical treatment in order to gain access to the doctor's office, investigators said.

Sanders must return for sentencing in Erie County on July 17, when he may receive a mandatory minimum 10-year sentence on charges including attempted rape, aggravated assault and aggravated indecent assault.

The doctor, who has not been able to return to work because of her injuries, testified that Sanders entered her office in the State Correctional Institution-Albion on Sept. 24, turned off the lights, and forced her to the floor.

During a 10- to 15-minute struggle, Sanders tried to smother and strangle the woman and molested her, but the doctor testified she fought off his attempts to rape her by stabbing him with a pen, thumbing his eye, and kicking him.

Sanders is serving 7½ to 22 years in prison on unrelated convictions in Allegheny and Cumberland counties.

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