Disturbing new allegations have come to light in the case of a California brain surgeon and two of his nurses. Dr. James Kohut, 57, and nurses Emily Stephens, 30 and Rashel Brandon, 43, were first arrested in May after police received video images which implicated them in the sexual abuse of multiple children.
A second video clip has now emerged, resulting in an additional 32 child molestation charges against them, according to San Francisco’s KRON.
Kohut was a neurosurgeon at Domincan Hospital in Santa Cruz, California. A married father of two, he would use the Internet to search for sexual partners who would help make his sexual fantasies come to life.
According to court documents obtained by KSBW, Kohut told the women he wanted to raise, “a sexual family,” impregnating them to give him daughters he would then impregnate, and bragged about having sex with mothers and their underage daughters.
According to the UK’s Daily Mail, the abuse come to the attention of authorities after Brandon’s husband discovered it on her phone. The footage reportedly implicates the threesome in the molestation of several children. A second clip, shot on GoPro, shows them repeatedly raping two boys, ages 3 and 10, according to the Santa Cruz Sentinel. Between the two videos, 5 children are filmed being sexually abused.
Following the May arrest, authorities expanded their investigation into other states where Kohut practiced medicine or engaged in sexual activity. A Vermont woman who had a relationship with Kohut claims he molested her 13-year-old daughter and prosecutors allege he also preyed on women and children in Ohio, Florida, Louisiana, Nevada and Australia. He is also accused of molesting the children of his co-conspirators Brandon and Stephens.
Following the filing of new charges against them on Wednesday, September 20, Judge John Salazar increased the bail for each defendant to to $15 million. According to court documents, Kohut is considered a high flight risk.
Between the three of them, they face a staggering 137-combined charges. All three defendants have pleaded not guilty.
[Photo: Watsonville Police Department]