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Brain surgeon fired from Arkansas hospital, 2 nurses charged in child-sex-abuse ring, authorities say

By The Associated Press

This article was originally published May 18, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. Updated May 19, 2017 at 4:30 a.m.

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This undated photo provided by the Watsonville Police Department shows Dr. James Kohut. Kohut, a longtime neurosurgeon in Santa Cruz at Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center, as well as Dominican Hospital., was arrested Sunday, May 14, 2017, at his home in Santa Cruz, Calif, on multiple charges involving child sexual abuse. (Watsonville Police Department via AP)



WATSONVILLE, Calif. — Authorities say a brain surgeon who was recently fired from an Arkansas hospital and two nurses have been charged in a child sex abuse ring involving seven victims under 13.

Watsonville police Capt. Jorge Zamora said Thursday that Dr. James Kohut, Emily Stephens and Rashel Brandon have been arrested and charged with sex crimes with children.

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Zamora said the children have been placed in protective custody. It was unclear if the suspects are represented by lawyers.

Zamora said investigators were given a video that they say shows the abuse and was recorded in a nearby hotel.

Zamora declined to discuss relationships among the defendants and children.

Kohut had been hired by Sparks Health System in Fort Smith but was fired Monday after about 2 weeks, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Thursday. The Arkansas State Medical Board issued an emergency suspension of his medical license on Wednesday.

Watsonville is 90 miles south of San Francisco.

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rubythecat96gmailcom says... May 18, 2017 at 5:45 p.m.

what is this destroy children's lives week ?

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titleist10 says... May 18, 2017 at 6:48 p.m.

Perverts all of them

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YoungHog says... May 19, 2017 at 8:37 a.m.

noticing a pattern.. *snicker

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mrcharles says... May 19, 2017 at 9:09 a.m.

Surely they are muslims, transgender or of a minority race. Regardless I say put them in the maximum security prisons as new toys for the inmates to initiate in the bad guys club.

makes you wonder why this is allowed to happen when it could easily be stopped by the power that be!

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LR1955 says... May 19, 2017 at 10:54 a.m.

YoungHog, anybody that would suggest anything about this news report is humorous is just as much a sicko as the accused/arrested/charged perps/thugs (take your pick)

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DEE672 says... May 19, 2017 at 11:48 a.m.

Another one.

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dearlo says... May 19, 2017 at 4:30 p.m.

OMG What is wrong with these sub humans!
Now this is a case to lock them away and throw away the key!

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LRDawg says... May 19, 2017 at 4:36 p.m.

U see that pattern DEE! They've charged at least 1 EVERYDAY this week....same faces, same crimes!!! ANOTHER 1

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MsShanLPN2B says... May 20, 2017 at 10:56 a.m.

Sickos.

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