OC doc guilty of sex abuse on unconscious patients

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Updated: 2/20/2013 7:17 pm

FULLERTON, Calif. (AP) — An Orange County anesthesiologist has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three unconscious female patients.

A district attorney's statement said 60-year-old Dr. Yashwant Balgiri Giri (yosh-wahnt ball-gear-ee gear-ee) of Cypress entered the plea Wednesday and was sentenced to six months in jail and five years' probation. Giri must also register as a sex offender for life and have his medical license revoked. Prosecutors had sought a stiffer sentence.

Giri worked at Placentia-Linda Hospital at the time of the crimes.

In one case from 2009, a nurse said she saw him penetrate a 16-year-old patient with a finger during preparations for surgery.

In another, a hospital employee reported seeing Giri fondle a patient's breasts continuously during a procedure. The doctor and nurse performing the surgery could not see him because of a partition between them.

 

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