USC gynecologist charged with sexually assaulting students
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A former University of Southern California gynecologist was charged with sexually assaulting 16 women in the course of seven years at the university, the Los Angeles district attorney's office announced Wednesday

George Tyndall, 72, allegedly assaulted female students, ranging in age from 17 to 29, during exams and treatment at the campus health center, according to prosecutors. 

Alleged incidents occurred between 2009 and 2016, according to the criminal complaint. 


Prosecutors are recommending bail be set at more than $2 million. Tyndall faces up to 53 years in state prison if convicted. 

The Hill reached out to Tyndall's lawyers, Leonard Levine and Andrew Flier, for comment. 

Tyndall's lawyers said in a statement to The New York Times their client expected to be "totally exonerated" and looks forward to being tried in a court of law after "years of being tried in the press." 

Tyndall's arrest follows a yearlong investigation in which more than 350 women shared stories of alleged assault, according to BuzzFeed news

The Los Angeles Police Department presented 134 crime reports involving Tyndall and the investigation is ongoing, prosecutors said. 

Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore said at a news conference Tyndall was carrying a loaded .38 caliber revolver when he was arrested Wednesday, according to BuzzFeed News. Tyndall then reportedly complained of chest pains and was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. 

USC agreed in October to pay women who were patients of Tyndall $2,500, regardless of if they allege abuse.