A brain surgeon charged with sexually abusing children tried to impregnate women to create more children to abuse, prosecutors in Santa Cruz alleged on Monday.
Prosecutors made the claims in court as they tried unsuccessfully to deny Dr. James Kohut bail, according to the Associated Press. The surgeon is currently awaiting trial on 11 child sex abuse charges.
Assistant District Attorney Steven Moore stated in court documents that women who dated Kohut said he wanted to have children with them in order to make " 'taboo' families where the parents raise their children sexually.”
Moore said women claimed Kohut "has a specific desire to have sex with a mother and a daughter." Moore also alleged that Kohut, 57, pressured the women to find children for him to sexually abuse, according to the AP.
However, there is no suggestion in the documents filed by Moore that Kohut actually succeeded in impregnating women for that purpose.
The investigation of Kohut began last month when the husband of a nurse gave a video to police that involved his wife. The video allegedly showed two nurses, Rashel Brandon (pictured) and Emily Johnson, sexually abusing children. Brandon was arrested and police allegedly found more images showing abuse on her phone. Brandon, 42, has since pleaded not guilty to eight felony counts including sodomy, oral copulation, and lewd and lascivious acts with a child as well as multiple charges related to the production of child pornography, according to Mercury News.
Johnson was also charged with sex crimes, according to the AP.
Kohut is married and has two college-age children, according to Mercury News. Brandon is married and has three children.
Moore said in court documents that Kohut "has a sexual compulsion, and has solicited victims for decades."
A judge ruled Monday that Kohut was entitled to bail, according to the AP. The doctor was ordered back to court June 28 to set a bail figure. He said he would voluntarily surrender his California medical license if granted bail.
[Watsonville Police Department]