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AFP
May 18, 2018

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California university doctor accused of sexual abuse

LOS ANGELES: A gynecologist at a California university has denied claims that he sexually abused his patients over decades, with the school coming under fire for allowing him to continue treating patients despite the allegations.

The case was brought to light by the Los Angeles Times, which published accounts from several current and former employees at the University of Southern California (USC) regarding George Tyndall’s behavior toward his mostly adolescent patients.

The newspaper reported that the misconduct dated back to the 1990s, with Tyndall accused of taking photographs of patients’ genitals, supposedly for medical reasons, touching patients inappropriately during pelvic exams and making sexual and racially discriminatory comments about patients and their bodies.

Despite concerns raised by colleagues, nurses and patients, USC allowed Tyndall to continue working until a formal complaint to the equality and diversity committee in 2016 sparked an internal investigation, the Times reported.

USC confirmed to AFP on Wednesday that Tyndall, who was first accused of making racially discriminatory comments in 2013, was suspended and then fired for violating the university’s harassment policy following the 2016 investigation.

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