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Eye doctor on trial, accused of 'breast exams'

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Two different portraits are emerging of a former Mankato eye doctor at his trial, the Mankato Free Press reports.

Prosecutors say it is a simple case of Todd Gavin taking advantage of two young female patients, betraying a professional trust by convincing them that they needed breast exams, the newspaper reported.

“What the defendant did,” Assistant Blue Earth County Attorney Mike Hanson said as the trial began Tuesday, “was have them remove their clothing and examined their breasts for an eye exam.” He said the women left the exam room feeling violated.

But Gavin's lawyers say Gavin did only his job and they stress that he has had a 20-year career, and he had never before been accused of sexual impropriety, the newspaper reported.

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