What Cops Say They Found in Ex-USC OB-GYN's Storage Unit

Allegedly, photos of naked women who appeared to be in an exam room
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 12, 2018 11:50 AM CST
This May 22, 2018, file photo shows USC's Engemann Student Health Center in Los Angeles.   (AP Photo/Richard Vogel, File)

(Newser) – Inside the storage unit of the ex-USC gynecologist accused of molesting hundreds of students, cops say they found what the Los Angeles Times calls a "trove of homemade pornography," as well as nude photos of women in what appeared to be a medical exam room. George Tyndall, who resigned over the sexual abuse scandal in 2017, has had 234 women file police reports against him for inappropriate touching or remarks, though CBSLA reports more than 400 women have complained. After Los Angeles police launched their probe into the doctor last spring, detectives who were following him found him occasionally visiting the storage unit that was later raided. Police say possession of the photos isn't necessarily a crime in and of itself, but the fact they were found in a storage unit is troubling. Tyndall has insisted the camera in his exam room was used for medical purposes.

"He's telling these young ladies that he is taking photographs for a study," says the captain supervising the investigation. "If they are ... in his storage facility, it doesn't give credence to [those] statements." An attorney notes to ABC7 that no medical papers were found with the photos. Investigators are working to identify the women in the photos and figure out where they were taken. The probe is believed to be the largest sex-crimes investigation involving one person in the LAPD's history; investigators are also looking at Tyndall's hard drives and other evidence taken from his home and storage unit. The 71-year-old has maintained his innocence. In his latest statement, the doctor's lawyer says, "The photos were taken for medical purposes years ago, with the patients' consent." LAPD detectives have interviewed at least 117 women so far, and 85 of their cases have been presented to the DA for possible charges. (USC's president stepped down over the scandal.)

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