Jury selection continues in trial of Keith Barton; La Mesa man accused of posing as doctor

SAN DIEGO - Jury selection was expected to get under way at the downtown San Diego courthouse Monday in the case against a La Mesa man accused of posing as a doctor and promising patients he could cure cancer and HIV.

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

Authorities allege the defendant, who is in his early 50s, 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 he 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 Jan. 8 and later posted $100,000 bail.

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