Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Sexual Assault by Gynecologist
A Van Nuys gynecologist has been charged with sexually assaulting a patient on two occasions while examining her at a Northridge hospital, court records show.
Dr. Kevin Pezeshki, 43, of Tarzana is due in court Tuesday after being arrested last month on two counts of assaulting a female patient. Authorities are investigating whether Pezeshki may have other victims.
Attorneys for the California attorney general representing the Medical Board of California will ask a judge Tuesday to require Pezeshki, as a condition for bail, to stop practicing medicine pending the resolution of the criminal case.
Pezeshki inappropriately touched a female patient during a Sept. 9, 2008, exam at Northridge Hospital Medical Center, investigators said.
The woman said that when she turned around she said she saw the doctor pulling up the zipper of his pants, records show
After Pezeshki performed surgery on the woman several weeks later, he visited the patient at Northridge Hospital Medical Center and told her that he needed to conduct an examination.
"Again he started hitting her on her back" and groped her "and then ejaculated on her bedsheets," according to a motion filed by Deputy Atty Gen. Cindy M. Lopez.
"The victim was smart enough to take the bedsheet and turn it in to police," Lopez wrote.
A subsequent DNA test by the Los Angeles Police Department crime lab showed the DNA on the bedsheet matched the doctor.
Pezeshki's attorney did not return a call for comment Monday.
In an effort to prevent Pezeshki from practicing medicine, the medical board lawyer noted:
"Clearly these incidents turned into sexual encounters for the defendant's own sexual gratification. There is no way any reasonable person can characterize this behavior as anything other than a clear abuse of his position as a physician," the deputy attorney general wrote.
Pezeshki is free on $200,000 bail following the Aug. 8 arrest at his office.