Phony Doctor Gave Free 'Breast Exams,' Police Say
MIAMI (April 20, Reuters) - A 76-year-old man claiming to be a doctor went door-to-door in a Florida neighborhood offering free breast exams, and was charged with sexually assaulting two women who accepted the offer, police said on Thursday.
One woman became suspicious after the man asked her to remove all her clothes and began conducting a purported genital exam without donning rubber gloves, investigators said.
The woman then phoned the Broward County Sheriff's Office and the suspect fled. He was arrested at another woman's apartment in the same Lauderdale Lakes neighborhood on Wednesday, a sheriff's spokesman said.
The white-haired suspect, Philip Winikoff, carried a black bag and claimed to be visiting on behalf of a local hospital.
"He told the woman that he was in the neighborhood offering free breast exams," sheriff's spokesman Hugh Graf said in a statement.
At least two women, both in their 30s, let him into their homes and he fondled and sexually assaulted them, the investigators said.
Winikoff was not a doctor, Graf said. He worked as a shuttle driver for an auto dealership.
OK, I think I understand where the guy was coming from (as it were), and he clearly needs to spend some time in jail to ponder his actions, but what were these women thinking? "Hi! I'm conducting breast exams door-to-door." -- How do you even get your foot in the door with a line like that? What is this world coming to? You can't even invite a complete stranger into your home and disrobe for him anymore without having it get all weird. This man has single-handedly (or maybe with both hands) damaged the fabric of social trust in this country.
Now I'm starting to wonder about the street vendor who gave me that free prostate exam last week . . .