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Trial begins for alleged fake doctor

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SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Opening statements are expected Tuesday in the trial of a La Mesa man accused of posing as a doctor and promising patients he could cure cancer and HIV.

Keith Barton, 51, faces multiple felony counts of treating people without a license and grand theft.

Jury selection will wrap up this morning in the courtroom of Judge Amalia Meza.

Authorities allege the defendant called himself "Dr. Barton" and promised to cure a woman and her children of HIV.

One of the children subsequently died as a result of not receiving effective treatment after the mother paid Barton $18,000, prosecutors allege.

According to authorities, Barton is not a licensed medical doctor but shares his first and last name with a real medical doctor who is licensed in California. Barton allegedly used that fact to create the impression that he was a licensed professional.

Barton was arrested last Jan. 8 and later posted $100,000 bail.

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