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    Size does matter in sex trial
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    SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - A gynaecologist accused of sexually abusing patients sat passively as a doctor told a court the exact size of his penis, a measurement the defence says proves his innocence.

    Dr Raul Ixtlahuac, 41, is accused of suddenly engaging in sexual intercourse with four of his patients while standing at the examining table. He is also accused of fondling two others during examinations.

    His lawyers argued that Ixtlahuac could not have committed the crime because his penis would not reach the women, who were atop the examining table when the alleged attacks took place.

    As defence attorney Doron Weinberg told the San Jose Mercury News outside court on Tuesday: "The physical evidence is going to show that you have to be either an acrobat or someone of superhuman proportion to do the things they alleged that he did."

    In unusual and explicit Wednesday testimony, Dr Harlev Goldberg said he had measured Ixtlahuac's erect penis at 5.5 inches (14 cms). Some jurors appeared puzzled as to why the evidence was being presented in court.

    The accused, who faces a possible 16-year sentence if found guilty, has had his license suspended and is on unpaid leave from his job.

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