UCLA Gynecologist Accused Of Sexually Abusing Patients
UCLA gynecologist Dr. James Mason Heaps was charged on June 10th, 2019 with two counts of sexual battery and one count of sexual exploitation of a patient. The charges stem from his conduct involving two patients he treated at UCLA Health in 2017 and 2018.
UCLA said it first received a complaint against Dr. Heaps in 2017, but did not place him on leave until June 2018. UCLA did not publicly release the reason for placing Dr. Heaps on leave until the week charges were announced against Dr. Heaps. UCLA said the decision not to release the reason until recently is now being reviewed.
“We are deeply sorry for this,” UCLA Health spokeswoman Rhonda Curry said. “We know we could have done better… we want and need to hear from other possible patients.”
UCLA Investigation Into Gynecologist’s Sexual Abuse
UCLA launched an investigation into Dr. Heaps after a 2017 patient complaint accused him of medically unnecessary, inappropriate comments and touching. Two other patient complaints, from 2014 and 2015, were discovered during the investigation. Those complaints are not part of the criminal charges brought against Dr. Heaps on June 10th, 2019.
Prosecutors say a patient who saw Dr. Heaps on February 28th, 2018 reported him for inappropriate behavior. Her appointment took place after UCLA was made aware of Dr. Heaps’ behavior by a previous patient complaint.
A patient Dr. Heaps treated in 2017 has accused him of touching her buttocks and breasts. A patient Dr. Heaps treated in 2018 has accused him of inappropriately putting his fingers in her vagina. An attorney says at least one patient has reported being abused by Dr. Heaps at UCLA in the 1990s.
Prosecutors say that Dr. Heaps touched patients in 2017 and 2018, while they were unconscious, “for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification and sexual abuse.”
Dr. James Heap’s Affiliations
Dr. Heaps worked part-time at UCLA’s student health center from 1983 until 2010, and was hired by UCLA Health in 2014. He also held medical privileges at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center from 1988 to 2018. Dr. Heaps retired one month after he was placed on leave by UCLA. Dr. Heaps’ job with UCLA made him $1.045 million in 2017.
UCLA launched an independent review in March 2019 into its response to sexual misconduct in clinical settings. UCLA stated that the review will examine UCLA’s ability to prevent, identify and address sexual misconduct, as well as identify any necessary changes across all of UCLA’s clinical sites.
The news comes about a year after allegations of sexual abuse against USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall led to over 650 sexual abuse lawsuits.
UCLA Sexual Abuse Lawsuits
The legal teams at Nadrich & Cohen continue to actively investigate and pursue sexual abuse claims on behalf of clergy abuse, boy scout abuse and medical provider abuse survivors. If you were inappropriately touched, molested or abused during a patient examination by Dr. James Mason Heaps, our sexual abuse attorneys would like to speak with you to provide a free, confidential consultation.
The California sexual abuse attorneys of Nadrich & Cohen anonymously file lawsuits on behalf of abuse survivors, so that the victim’s identity is not revealed in court documents.
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