Additional charges filed against former USC gynecologist over sexual misconduct

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LOS ANGELES, July 9 (Xinhua) — Additional charges involving five new victims were filed Thursday against George Tyndall, former campus gynecologist at University of Southern California (USC), authorities said Thursday.

Tyndall was charged with five counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious person and one count of sexual battery by fraud in an amended complaint, according to a statement released by the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

The new charges allege Tyndall sexually assaulted five women while he was working at a USC health center between 2011 and 2015.

Tyndall, 73, allegedly sexually assaulted 21 young women. Prosecutors said that all 21 victims aged 17-31 went to the campus facility for annual exams or other treatment.

Arraignment on the amended complaint is scheduled for July 24 in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom. If convicted as charged, Tyndall will face a possible maximum sentence of 64 years in state prison.

In June last year, Tyndall was charged with 18 felony counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious person and 11 counts of sexual battery by fraud.

Hundreds of female patients have come forward to file suits over alleged inappropriate behavior by Tyndall who had worked as the only full-time gynecologist at the USC student clinic for nearly 30 years.

Tyndall was fired in 2017 after complaints of sexual misconduct and racist language.

In February, a U.S. District Judge signed a final order and judgment, approving a 215-million-U.S.-dollar class-action settlement between USC and former patients of Tyndall.

According to the Los Angeles Times, which first revealed the scandal in May 2018, some colleagues of Tyndall feared that the gynecologist was targeting the university’s growing population of Chinese students in recent years. Those Chinese students often had a limited knowledge of the English language and American medical norms. The Consulate General of China in Los Angeles expressed serious concern over the scandal after the news broke. Enditem

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