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Mineola doc sentenced in sex sting case

Jose M. Poulose, M.D., 44, pleaded guilty to

Jose M. Poulose, M.D., 44, pleaded guilty to attempting to meet for sexual relations a person he had met online and who he believed to be a 14-year-old girl. Photo Credit: Queens District Attorney

A Mineola cardiologist who pleaded guilty late last year in an Internet sex sting has been sentenced in State Supreme Court in Queens to 5 years' probation and mandatory sex offender treatment.

Dr. Jose Poulose, who practices in Williston Park, was accused of using an explicit video and a promise of Godiva chocolates to lure an undercover detective posing as a 14-year-old girl to a sexual encounter in 2007.

Poulose, 44, who used the screen name "pleasuremanforu" in his chats, pleaded guilty in late November to the crime of first-degree attempted dissemination of indecent material to a minor, a felony.

Under the terms of a plea bargain, Supreme Court Justice Fernando Camacho also ordered Poulose to pay a $5,000 fine, imposed limits on his use of the Internet and ordered him to forfeit the computers used in the crime.

Poulose still has his medical license. A spokesman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said he faces "possible loss" of the license but was not required to surrender it as part of the sentence.

Although Poulose anticipates disciplinary proceedings before the state Office of Professional Medical Conduct, he hopes to be allowed to continue his practice, his lawyer said.

"This conduct . . . has nothing to do with his medical practice," said the lawyer, Richard Furman.

The state board had no comment.

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