A city of Montebello California physician has been found guilty of Sexual Assault of two patients, according to Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office today.
Doctor Arturo Vargas, age 44, who has been out on bail, had been arrested on 23 charges of molesting eight different female patients over a five-year span that started in 2007.
Vargas, who was arrested on January 2, 2012, was charged with multiple counts of sexual penetration by a foreign object; sexual battery by fraud and sexual exploitation by a physician.
“THE SUPERIOR COURT OF CALIFORNIA, COUNTY OF LOS ANGELES, ISSUED AN ORDER IN THE PEOPLE OF CALIFORNIA VS. ARTURO VARGAS. DR. VARGAS CANNOT SEE FEMALE PATIENTS WHILE THIS CASE IS PENDING.”
Montebello detectives began investigating Vargas after a female patient he treated at the Kaiser Permanente Medical Offices, 1550 Town Center Drive in Montebello, reported being molested by him during a medical exam in July, 2011.
When word of Vargas’ arrest became public, seven other women came forward to report similar assaults by Vargas, according to Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Martha Carrillo.
Vargas, who was employed by Kaiser Permanente, was sentenced by Superior Court Judge Curtis Rappe to a five-year state prison term and must register as a sex offender.
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One of the more exasperating aspects of physician misbehavior is the shoulder-shrug posture in which the state medical boards handle – or, more accurately, refuse to handle – what the public needs to know.
Here’s a jaw-dropping example, in just this case alone. Evidence of this character’s predator tendencies has been known for more than 3 years. So what would potential patients see if they checked up on him on one of the most respected physician-check websites? Take a look:
Potential Vargas’ patients will find:
- No sanctions history found for the years that Healthgrades collects data
- No state medical board actions found for the years that Healthgrades collects data
- No malpractice history found for California
Then there is the inane California State Medical Board members, who have the unmitigated nerve to yammer this Mission Statement front & center on their website:
“The mission of the Medical Board of California is to protect health care consumers through the proper licensing and regulation of physicians and surgeons . . . .”
Riiiiiiiight. That’s their “mission.”
The reality is, NO profession in America commits more crime; steals more money; injures and kills more citizens; and the subsequently evades more appropriate discipline, than physicians.
But for God sakes, watch out for the measles ghost.
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