MONTEBELLO (CBS) — A Montebello doctor is out on bail Thursday after a female patient accused him of molesting her during a medical appointment.

KNX 1070’s Pete Demetriou reports now police are asking the public to come forward with any information they may have on Dr. Arturo Vargas.

Vargas, 41, surrendered to investigators after a woman filed a criminal complaint alleging that she was molested when she went to his medical offices located a Kaiser Permanente medical center at 1550 Town Center Drive.

He was booked on three charges including sexual exploitation by a physician and battery by fraud.

Vargas has been released after posting $200,000 bail, but he has been removed from any contact with patients at Kaiser.

A news conference was set for noon on Thursday where police are expected to ask any potential victims of Dr. Vargas to come forward.

Comments (11)
  1. Mackenna Monroe says:

    My heart is broken for Arturo! If only this world knew who they were talking about! What a wonderful person and wonderful family! I cannot fathom the justice system failing him and those who love him!!!!!!!

  2. Lynn Exeter says:

    Innocent until proven otherwise. Dr. Vargas is a gentle person that is a hard worker and who has always taken pride in the care he provides to his patients. Known him for over 10 years and truly believe in his innocence. I believe $$$ is playing a huge factor in this allegation, and really want to see/hear what evidence police have that would fall outside of the realm of a normal doctor examination. Examinations naturally feel intrusive and uncomfortable, but to accuse him of such serious crimes, is just unfathomable to me. Praying for you and your family, Dr. Vargas.


    all Im going to say is that doctor vargas is one of the best doctors, I have ever had. keep your head up doctor. GOD BLESS.

  4. nameless says:

    Yes he was a very nice man and very helpful in the beginning for me too. Trust me HE’s GUILTY!!! THe only people i feel bad for is his wife and kids if he has any. As for him….YOUR A DIRTY MAN THAT WILL PAY FOR WHAT YOU”VE DONE!!!

  5. Marisela M says:

    I’m a 30yr old female patient of Dr. Vargas for the past 6 years. I was referred to him and from day 1 was extremely happy with him best Doctor i have ever had. After my first visit i referred my brother and friend to him as well we all absolutely love Dr. Vargas and believe in his innocence. My greatest sympathy goes out to his family. Dr. Vargas keep strong!!.

  6. Jesus Diaz - Giz says:

    I would believe the accusation just because of the last name “Vargas”. Mexican, or you prefer to gracefully call it hispanic, are KNOWN to molest little girl and sexually harass woman all the time. Doesn’t matter if they are a gardener, lawyer or a doctor, it runs in their blood. They just can’t get it out of the internal stream. That’s why a lot of time too you will hear them brag about making out with their own cousins. It is 101% truth and it is on the news almost everyday, almost.

    1. laantimu says:

      The world is being destroyed by people like you. You have to be more responsible for your comments. You can not judge and hurt just because you felt like it. And what about your name, JESUS DIAZ isn´t latino? It sounds completely latino for me. Latino and racist against their own, I can not believe it.

  7. Mirna Hernandez says:

    Ok so all i have to say about comment above is “Whattttttttt??”. You absolutely make no sense MORON… So let me get this straight your last name is “Diaz” MEXICAN so does this mean you are making out with your cousin and sexually harrasing people????…. I tell you so IGNORANT what are you like 10yrs old?… Stay away from computer you sound like a weirdo…oh and a bonus your name is “Jesus” so you are super Mexican so i guess that means you are more prone to sexually harass? haha dummy!. Go back to school “JESUS DIAZ”.

  8. Armando says:

    My wife and sister -n-law have gone to Dr. Vargas for many years and He has been the ultimate PRO. He has treated them and everybody we know with respect. Its sad that we see this more and more, many people looking for a big payday. The good thing is that at the end of the day the truth will come out but is still sad that Dr. Vargas and his family have to be put in this situation because somebody is looking to get paid.

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