George Tyndall, the former USC campus gynecologist accused of preying on hundreds of women during three decades at the college was arrested outside of his Westlake apartment yesterday, the Los Angeles Times reports.
He’s been charged with 29 felony counts, including, “18 counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious person, meaning patients were unaware that the penetration did not—as the perpetrator claimed—serve a professional purpose,” and, “11 counts of sexual battery by fraud for touching an ‘intimate part’ of a patient ‘for the purpose of sexual arousal’ and under the guise of a ‘professional purpose,’” the paper states.
Prosecutors are asking Tyndall’s bail be set at $2 million.
Although the criminal case so far only involves 16 of his former patients, a federal judge earlier this month gave preliminary approval to a $215 million class action settlement covering the roughly 17,000 women he treated in his three-decade USC tenure. Another 720 women are pursing separate lawsuits in state court.
Tyndall is being charged for crimes he allegedly committed between 2009 and 2016, but complaints against him date back at least as far as 1996, when a student wrote on a comment card, “If you don’t want a huge future lawsuit on your hands, I highly suggest the termination of this man.”
Tyndall maintains his innocence.
David Ring, a lawyer representing several of Tyndall’s former patients said, “Dr. Tyndall got away with his crimes for an astonishingly long time. But his arrest today reaffirms what his victims have said all along: This is a dangerous criminal who preyed on vulnerable female patients.”
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