James Mason Heaps, el UCLA gynecologist accused of sexually abusing his patients was found guilty on five charges Wednesday in a Los Angeles court.
The 65-year-old doctor was found guilty of three counts of sexual battery for fraud and two counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious person. He was acquitted of three counts of sexual battery for fraud, three counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious person and one count of sexual exploitation of a patient.
The crimes were committed between 2009 and 2018 and the initial indictment was in 2019.
The jury could not reach a unanimous verdict on three counts of sexual battery, four of sexual penetration and two of sexual exploitation.
It was reported that a hearing for sentencing was scheduled for November 17.
The case, similar to that of the gynecologist at Los Angeles’ other major university, USC, included more than 500 lawsuits filed against Heaps and UCLA.
“The trauma Dr. Heaps inflicted on the people he was sworn to care for is immeasurable,” County Attorney George Gascon said in a statement. “I am committed to helping all victims of sexual assault – whether they have been victimized by a doctor, school personnel, or the Hollywood elite – and I urge you to contact my office’s victim services department if you need help.” .
A few months ago, a $374 million settlement with 312 of the doctor’s patients was announced.
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