The Los Angeles Police Department has opened an investigation into allegations that George Tyndall, a former gynecologist of the University of Southern California, sexually abused some of his patients.
The investigation covers the period between 1990 and 2016, when the LAPD believes it could have treated more than 10,000 women, said LAPD Deputy Chief Justin Eisenberg at a press conference on Tuesday. Fifty-two of them have been filed so far and at least 12 lawsuits have been filed.
Most of the women who have come forward have agreed to share their information with the LAPD, said Capt. William Hayes. The police will now determine whether Tyndall's conduct constitutes a criminal offense.
"A lot of them are just inappropriate comments that obviously do not constitute a crime," Hayes said. The police are encouraging other victims to come forward and share their stories.
The Los Angeles Times first reported the accusations against Tyndall earlier this month, detailing women's stories about how they taunt Tyndall, performing inappropriate tests, photographing female genitalia and making inappropriate racial comments to international Chinese students. He was suspended in 2016 after an internal investigation, but was allowed to resign and still receive his compensation instead of being fired.
The report provoked indignation, which caused that C.C., president of the USC. Max Nikias agreed to resign last week after several petitions requested his expulsion.