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Doctor called as DUI expert enters perjury plea

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LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) -

A Georgia doctor who claimed to be an expert in field sobriety tests has pleaded no contest to charges of perjury and false statements stemming from his testimony in nine DUI cases in central Pennsylvania.

Dr. Joseph Citron, 68, of Atlanta, entered the plea Tuesday in Lancaster County court.

He will spend seven years on probation, including 60 days under house arrest with electronic monitoring, and pay $1,000 in fines and costs, according to Lancaster County District Attorney Crag Stedman.

By pleading no contest, Citron does not accept responsibility for any crimes but agrees to the punishment.

Citron allegedly embellished his credentials when he gave testimony during DUI cases in Dauphin, Centre, Clinton, Franklin, Lancaster, and Lebanon counties between 2010 and 2012.

During two DUI trials in Lancaster County, he told the court he trained police officers in standardized field sobriety testing for approximately 10 years while on the faculty of the Georgia Public Safety Training Center.

Stedman said Citron never taught police at the training center, but was a guest lecturer who spoke about eye injuries at the center's fire academy.

Citron also testified that the governor of Georgia asked him to join a program called "Drunk Busters," but authorities said the program never existed.

 

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