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New Port Richey, Florida -- A Pasco County doctor whose patients and employees have testified for years that he was feeling them up against their will has finally gone to jail. 

Doctor Gunwalt Dhaliwal is no stranger the 10 News Investigators. Allegations about Dhaliwal go back as far as 1999.

"He began to enter my shirt, removed my breasts from my bra and began to fondle them," said one woman. 

"I left and felt awkward and dirty," said another. 

"He was feeling around my breasts all over and both sides. I think I was just violated," said a third victim. 

Those were just some of the women who said the Pasco doctor inappropriately touched them.  We first introduced you to these women in 2007

"He entered into my shirt and then he entered into my bra and removed my breasts. He continued to fondle my breasts and my nipples with both hands," testified a former employee who won an $800,000 judgment against Dhaliwal earlier this summer. 

Her testimony in a criminal case finally put Dhaliwal behind bars, but it was only a 10-day sentence. 

"No comment" has been the order of the day for Dhaliwal and his attorney for more than five years, from the first time we confronted him in 2007 until the last time in 2011.

Dhaliwal isn't the only "no comment" we've gotten. The Florida Board of Medicine has refused to comment on what it's doing even though five years ago a spokesman said the agency would take action.

"We treat that very seriously and all we need to do is determine there was a doctor-patient relationship and then it will be investigated," said Bob Garey with the Florida Department of Health.

Not only did the Department of Health take no action when we brought them several women who said they had been inappropriately touched by Dhaliwal several years ago, but also now despite the fact he's been convicted of criminal charges and a civil case saying he inappropriately touched women. The department continues to let Dhaliwal practice medicine.

Melissa Satinoff another alleged Dhaliwal victim will be involved in both a civil and criminal trials later this year. Her story is a familiar one. 

"He pushes me back and lifts up my shirt and took my breasts out of my bra and kind of touched my area and then he did the other side first the left then the right," said Satinoff in 2007.

When we asked Dhaliwal that since he's been convicted on criminal charges, paid $800,000 in civil charges and now faces other criminal charges, how can a women feel safe going to his clinic? He would not comment.

Victims do say women can't feel safe in his clinic and they are hoping that Dhaliwal's 'clear and active' license will be revoked and he will spend more time in jail for what they say this doctor did to them.

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