LOS ANGELES (AP) — A former campus gynecologist at the University of Southern California was arrested Wednesday in connection with the sexual assaults of 16 patients at the campus student health center, authorities said.
Dr. George Tyndall has been the subject of a Los Angeles police investigation for more than a year after The Los Angeles Times reported patients' claims of sexual abuse or harassment by the gynecologist.
The patients, between 17 and 29, visited the student health center for annual exams or other treatment, the district attorney's office said Wednesday. The alleged incidents occurred between 2009 and 2016.
Tyndall has denied any wrongdoing.
His medical license has been suspended since 2018 and he is not allowed to practice medicine, according to the state medical board's website.
Police Officer Norma Eisenmen confirmed the arrest but said Tyndall has not yet been fully booked into police custody and she did not have any further information.
More than 700 women are pursuing individual claims against the doctor and university in state court. Separately, USC has agreed to a $215 million class-action settlement with former patients.
Andrew Flier, one of Tyndall's lawyers, said he and his client were upset that police did not give them a chance to surrender before making the arrest.
Flier did not have information about the specific allegations against his client or where he was taken into custody.
"We are very much looking forward to adjudicating this case in a courtroom because of this character assassination," Flier said. "We're going to be able to punch some serious holes in all these allegations."
John Manly, an attorney who represents about 200 of the patients who have sued USC, said his clients were gratified to hear Tyndall has been arrested and hope the university also will be investigated by law enforcement. He said his clients were frustrated it took so long for Tyndall to be arrested.
"It's reinforcing," he said. "It seems like the system could work."
It was unclear when Tyndall would appear in court. Police planned a news conference later in the day.
USC did not immediately return requests for comment.