George Tyndall was arrested at his home yesterday on 29 felony charges of sexual assault involving 16 former patients.
The charges include 18 counts of sexual penetration of an unconscious person. He also faces 11 counts of sexual battery by fraud for inappropriately touching patients for “sexual arousal” purposes while falsely claiming his actions were for “professional purposes.”
LAPD confirmed that Tyndall was armed with a .32 caliber revolver when police entered his home with an arrest warrant. During the arrest, he complained of chest pains and was hospitalized. His bail has been set at $2.1 million and he faces up to 53 years in prison.
The victims range in age from 17 to 29 years old. Most of them visited the USC student health center for routine exams or treatment between 2009 and 2016, when Tyndall was a full-time gynecologist on staff.
Former colleagues raised concerns about his practice of inserting his fingers into patients before using a speculum during pelvic exams.
Patients reported that he used his ungloved fingers to penetrate them, groped their breasts, asked inappropriate sexual questions during exams, photographed their genitals, or made racist remarks.
Numerous women have reported that Tyndall forced them to undress in front of him before he violated them during exams.
In December, LAPD detectives found over 1,000 naked photographs of women in a rental storage unit that belonged to Tyndall.
Over 700 women with misconduct complaints against Tyndall have come forward and filed lawsuits against USC, claiming the university ignored complaints for years and attempted to cover up his abuse.