Doctor, nurses charged in California with child sexual abuse

Remigio Civitarese
Mag 19, 2017

Dr. James Kohut, 57, of Santa Cruz, California and nurse Rashel Brandon, 42, of Watsonville, California, have also been arrested.

The baffling child sex abuse case against a doctor and two nurses was launched on May 9 when an unnamed witness brought a video to Watsonville Police Department that showed three adults engaged in sex acts with children as young as three. Seven children are now in protective custody.

The latest on the arrest of a Pima County nurse for sex crimes involving her own children.

She's still in the Pima County jail. The Pima County Sheriff's Department's search warrant at the home of Emily Joy Stephens has a lot of details about the case. She is being held without bail there.

Watsonville Police investigators worked with the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force to identify Kohut. She has denied the charges and plans to fight extradition, which is normally a 90-day process. He was arrested May 14 at his residence in the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor. They say she is a traveling nurse from Tucson, Arizona.

According to a report in The Mercury News in San Jose, Calif., Kohut was disciplined by the Medical Board of California for viewing pornography on a hospital's computers while he worked there between 2002 and 2003 and for attempting to remove an aneurysm from the right side of a patient's head in 2002, even though X-rays showed the aneurysm was on the left side.

The Arkansas State Medical Board had issued Kohut a license in February to practice in the state.

"We're still working with the Federal Bureau of Investigation and ICAC and our detectives to review all the evidence", Zamora said.

In a prepared statement, however, police hinted at a relationship. "We also believe that we have all suspects associated with this case in custody at this time". At least three are victims of the suspects. Zamora declined to comment, citing privacy for them. "In this case and any other case, that's why we can not stress enough that if there are other victims or if anyone knows any victims that they come forward".

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