PLACENTIA (AP)  — Police have arrested a Southern California anesthesiologist on suspicion of sexually abusing two female patients after putting them under for surgical procedures.

The Orange County Register reports that 58-year-old Yashwant Giri was taken into custody Thursday as he drove away from his Cypress home.

Employees at Placentia-Linda Hospital allege that they witnessed Giri abuse a 16-year-old girl in February 2009 and a 36-year-old woman March 18.

The hospital contacted police in April, the same month Giri resigned from the hospital.

Authorities believe there may be other victims because Giri, an independent physician, works at other hospitals.

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Comments (6)
  1. Brian McNamee says:

    this is not the type of story for a clever headline…the abused unconscious victims is the ugly truth no one was getting over. Who proof reads these headlines? This is offensive to the abused.

    1. Patrick McDonald says:

      Brian –

      Absolutely right. Good call.

      Please do keep writing.

  2. Marcus says:

    I agree – a headline like this is incredibly offensive to every decent person. There is nothing funny about sexual assault.

  3. Dee says:

    This headline sounds like it was written by a 7 year old. The quality of journalism has declined tremendously over the years.

  4. Patrick McDonald says:

    I happen to investigate physician misbehavior for a living. So I can fairly report some findings. Here are the top 5 Felony-level crimes, in order of frequency, by doctors:

    1. Medical Fraud (generally over-billing for procedures)

    2. Falsification of records

    3. Illegal drug-dispensing (pushing unnecessary meds for money, or for no medical reason)

    4. Unnecessary surgeries/procedures/testing for financial gain

    5. Sexual Assault

    I’d guess most Americans are completely unaware of the rather secretive organization in Washington DC called the Nat’l Practitioner Data Bank, which tracks MDs who can’t stay out of trouble.

    I imagine further that the typical citizen doesn’t know how many doctors – considered “Dangerous” or “Questionable” by the Health Research Group – are within their files. The answer?

    237,000, as of 5 years ago. UN-believable.

    What this means is interesting:

    A. This particular O.C. character may or may not be guilty as charged. But if he is, he will be but one in a very long line of sexual preditor physicians – more than 5,200 in the last 25 years

    B. If Guilty, he will be one of almost exactly 2,500 doctors also convicted this year.

    The ugly reality?

    NO segment of any profession commits more crime, nor generates more unnecessary death & suffering, than the errant doctor population.

    And where is any of this embarrassment mentioned in the ‘Health Care Reform’ chatter?

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