Los Angeles police investigating the activities of former USC gynecologist Dr. George Tyndall, who has been accused of misconduct by scores of former patients, found a cache of photos of nude women and homemade pornography in his storage unit, it was reported Tuesday.
According to a report on the Los Angeles Times website, police investigating Tyndall had the 71-year-old doctor under surveillance and saw him spend time at the storage unit.
Police later raided the unit and found the photographs, which included pictures of nude women in what appeared to be a medical exam room, LAPD Capt. Billy Hayes told the paper. Police are working to determine if the pictures are of patients at the USC student health center, where Tyndall worked for decades. They are also trying to identify the women in the photographs, The Times reported.
Some of Tyndall’s former patients have said that the doctor took photographs of them in various states of undress during exams. Tyndall has contended that all of his actions during exams, including the taking of photographs, were for legitimate medical purposes.
Tyndall’s lawyer, Leonard Levine, declined to comment extensively about the discovery of photographs, telling the times the doctor maintains his innocence and insisting, “Dr. Tyndall is adamant that he has never sold, traded or shared any images of patients he examined while conducting medical examinations at USC.”
More than 200 women have filed reports with police alleging sexual misconduct by Tyndall during medical exams at the campus health center. Hundreds of women have also sued the doctor and USC, contending the university was aware of complaints about Tyndall’s behavior but failed to take any action. Tyndall left the university two years ago amid an investigation into his activities.
Tyndall has not been charged with a crime, but a grand jury has been seated to hear evidence in the cases, The Times reported.
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