LOS ANGELES– A former University of Southern California gynecologist, accused of sexual misconduct involving trainees at the campus health center, was arrested Wednesday following an 18- month-long investigation, authorities said.
Dr. George Tyndall, 71, was charged with 18 counts of sexual penetration and 11 counts of sexual battery by fraud, in cases involving 16 young females, the Los Angeles County District Attorney said in a declaration provided to NBC News.
Los Angeles Cops Chief Michel Moore told reporters Wednesday that 12 detectives were designated to the investigation. While charges were filed for 16 ladies, Moore said that more than 350 women advance.
Moore applauded all the women who came forward, including “the 16 that have been recognized in the criminal grievance, aged between 17 and 29 years of age, whose lives I sorrowfully think have been forever changed by the injury and assault that his male brought.”
Detectives found a loaded pistol on Tyndall as they took him into custody Wednesday early morning, but arrested him without event. Tyndall experienced chest discomforts to investigators and was taken to a local health center to be dealt with.
Once he is released, cops will book and process him, Moore said. His bail has actually been set a $2.1 million.
The victims varied in age from 17 to 29 in attacks that occurred in between 2009 and 2016, according to the district lawyer. A few of the women’s accounts fall outside the 10- year statute of constraints.
More than 1,000 videos referred to as “homemade sex tapes” and a variety of raunchy photos were discovered through search warrants, LAPD Robbery-Homicide Division Captain William Hayes informed NBC News.
The videos appeared to have been made outside the United States, but a few of the images appeared to have been taken “in the course of his work” at USC.
He faces an optimum of 53 years behind bars if founded guilty on all counts, according to the district lawyer.
Tyndall’s defense attorney, Andrew Flier, said his client will battle all charges.
” We look forward to showing his innocence,” Flier told NBC News.
In a different declaration, Flier firmly insisted Tyndall has been unfairly damned by news media.
” After a year of being tried in the press, Dr. Tyndall eagerly anticipates having his case adjudicated in a law court where the reality will lastly dominate,” according to the declaration provided to NBC News from Flier. “He stays determined he will then be completely exonerated.”
Tyndall invested about 3 years as a USC staff gynecologist, but retired in 2017 after an internal examination concluded there was proof he sexually bugged trainees throughout physical examinations.
Tyndall has actually rejected the accusations and USC has actually rejected accusations of a cover-up.
Nearly 100 women, who said they were sexually bugged or abused by Tyndall, filed a claim in October 2018 versus USC. The school consented to settle the lawsuit in February for $215 million and assured to set up school reforms on avoiding and reporting sexual abuse.
In August, 2018, USC President C. L. Max Nikias stepped down in the wake of the criticism developing from the sex-abuse allegations.
Wanda M. Austin, USC’s interim president, stated the school has been cooperating with detectives.
” USC is waiting for further details on George Tyndall’s arrest,” Austin said in a declaration. “We have actually complied with the LAPD and District Lawyer’s Workplace investigations given that the beginning and will continue to do so. We care deeply about our neighborhood and our leading concern continues to be the wellbeing of our trainees, health center clients and university neighborhood. We hope this arrest will be a recovery action for previous clients and our entire university.”
Los Angeles civil lawyer Gloria Allred, who has 62 victims in a different active lawsuit against Tyndall and USC, said Wednesday she welcomed the prosecution.
” We will continue to litigate our civil suit on behalf of our 62 alleged victims of Dr. George Tyndall and USC up until there is justice for them in the criminal justice system along with the criminal case,” she informed press reporters.
One of Allred’s customers, Daniella Mohazab, said she’s heartened by Tyndall’s arrest.
” I broke down at work today in tears of joy that Tyndall lags bars,” said Mohazab, who declined to say if she was amongst the 16 female who were victims in the Los Angeles DA’s case submitted on Wednesday.
” Thank you to the LAPD and the police officers because of their hard work in examining this case. This isn’t over. It is a huge action forward.”
David K. Li and Doha Madani