A former Santa Barbara County psychologist was convicted of sexual exploitation
and other felony sex crimes and pleaded guilty Wednesday to a new felony
allegation of sexual exploitation by a psychotherapist or
drug abuse counselor.
Fernando Cordero, 66, was convicted by a jury last month on four felony
Sexual Battery, Sexual Exploitation by a psychotherapist or drug abuse counselor and
two counts of attempting to dissuade a witness from reporting a crime
after he had been released on bail following his arrest in November 2007.
Cordero has lost his license to practice psychology, as the California
Board of Psychology obtained a license suspension for him in January 2008.
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