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Surgeon charged with child sex abuse suspected for years

Surgeon charged with child sex abuse suspected for years”

Shocking new allegations have surfaced in the child sex abuse case against California brain surgeon Dr. James Kohut and two of his nurses. He wanted to create "sexual families," by impregnating women and raising a child in a sexually-charged environment, court documents state. He also cited email exchanges during an Federal Bureau of Investigation sting in which Kohut suggested he was guilty only of "thought crime" and his compulsions had not "veered into reality".

"For almost 20 years, the defendant has had a fixed sexual desire to be part of multiple "taboo families" where the parents raise their children sexually", Assistant District Attorney Steven Moore wrote in court papers in asking a judge to deny bail.

In arguing against Kohut's release, Moore said that he is "mentally unstable", and said Kohut recently wrote in jail about his desire to commit suicide, Moore said. Moore also wrote that Kohut pressured the women to find children for him to abuse.

However, there is no suggestion in the documents filed by Moore that Kohut actually succeeded in impregnating women for that goal.

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"Very frequently, people of higher social status are able to escape prosecution", Boston Children's Hospital pediatrician Eli Newberger told the Mercury News, explaining how Kohut may have been able to evade previous investigations by the Santa Cruz County Sheriff's Office, the Australian Federal Police, and the FBI.

A Santa Cruz County Superior Court judge said Monday that he will consider bail for the neurosurgeon accused of numerous sex crimes against children, but put off setting an amount until attorneys have reviewed his tax records and determined the extent of his wealth. According to court documents, Dr. James Kohut had a sexual preference for children ages 6 to 8 and has preyed upon minors in not only California but also on youngsters from Ohio, Nevada, Florida, Louisiana, and Australia. He said he would voluntarily surrender his California medical license if granted bail.

Kohut is accused of participating in sex acts on children with nurses Rashel Brandon, 42, and Emily Stephens, 29.

Brandon was arrested May 9 in Watsonville, Stephens was arrested May 12 in Arizona, and Kohut was arrested May 14 in Santa Cruz.

His lawyer, Jay Rorty, argued in court papers that there's no evidence linking the disgraced doctor to the crimes.

Kohut had been investigated by multiple police agencies since 1997, though he's never been charged until now. Police then seized Brandon's phone, which court documents say shows Stephens sexually abusing a child and a male's voice can be heard off camera.

Brandon is being held in Santa Cruz County Jail.

In his court filings, Rorty did not address the claim that Kohut wanted to impregnate women so he would have more victims.

Rorty acknowledged that his client would be agreeable to restrictions on Kohut if Stevens grants bail on June 28, including no internet access; house arrest and electronic monitoring; and no mobile or landline telephone access. No charges were filed, the documents said. He pleaded not guilty to 11 counts of child sex abuse.

Kohut had been hired by Sparks Health System in Fort Smith but was sacked May 15 after about two weeks, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported.

His license to practice medicine in Arkansas has now been suspended and he has also been terminated from the Sparks Clinic.



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