Sacramento divorce attorney Gary Appelblatt, 58, has pleaded no contest to four counts of sexual battery and one additional count of attempted sexual contact. Sacramento Superior Court Judge Gary E. Ransom will now sentence Appelblatt, who is looking at likely jail time for a bizarre series of assaults on clients.
Originally, Appelblatt faced 13 counts involving five different victims. The most time, however, under the agreement would be 18 months.
Appelblatt improperly touched his clients during consultations on their divorce cases under a claim that he was performing medical procedures on them. He claimed that he had a pharmacy degree. In other cases, he was allegedly more direct — offering to reduce a client’s bill by $5000 if she would have sex with him and would reduce it even further if he convinced a friend to join in, here.
Eighteen months seems a bit light for such a history.