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Neurosurgeon And Two Nurses Charged In Child Sex Abuse Case

Police were tipped off to a "disgusting" and "disturbing" tape of the abuse. If convicted, all three face life in prison. 

By Sowmya Krishnamurthy

A child sex abuse case has hit the medical community of Watsonville, California. According to KSBWSanta Cruz neurosurgeon James Kohut and nurses Rashel Melina Brandon and Emily Joy Stephens are accused of raping and sodomizing children.

Police Chief David Honda says three children were sexually assaulted, including a 3-year-old boy, a 5-year-old girl and a 9-year-old boy.

The abuse is part of a larger romantic affair. Per the arrest warrant, the married neurosurgeon had affairs with Brandon and Stephens and the children were abused during some of these sexual interactions. Watsonville Police Department opened an investigation when Brandon's husband found a tape showing her and Stephens committing graphic sex acts against the children.

Police Capt. George Zamora described the tape as "disgusting" and "disturbing." The crimes did not take place in a medical facility.

The three suspects are charged with committing oral copulation, sexual penetration, and sodomy against children between Jan. 1, 2016 and May 9, 2017. If convicted of the charges against them, all three adults face life in prison.

“I can confirm we have three people in custody and that this is a very serious sexual abuse case,”  Zamora said, per The Santa Cruz Sentinel. “I can also confirm the case crosses state lines.”

[Photo: Watsonville PD]