Los Angeles police have uncovered a large collection of homemade pornography inside the storage unit of disgraced ex-USC gynecologist George Tyndall, who has bee accused of molesting hundreds of students. The Los Angeles Times reports that within the “trove of pornography,” are pictures of nude women in what appeared to be a medical exam room. The paper goes on to report that shortly after the Los Angeles police launched their investigation into abuse allegations against Tyndall that a team of detectives began surreptitiously following the former USC gynecologist. The detectives found he occasionally visited self-storage facility and spent time inside a rental unit. Detectives are now trying to determine whether any of the photographs found in the storage facility show patients at campus clinic appointments that have reported being sexually abused by Tyndall.
Tyndall has insisted the camera in his exam room was used for medical purposes. While the LAPD has acknowledged possession of the photos isn’t necessarily a crime in and of itself, however, the fact they were hidden in a storage unit is immensely troubling. Taking any kind of sexual pictures of patients without their consent, according to advocacy groups, constitutes sexual assault. It is not unusual of sexual predators to collect trophies from their victims. Those are usually defined as “any item or piece of clothing gained from a sexual encounter as proof of a successful sexual conquest”. These pornographic pictures uncovered in Tyndall’s storage unit easily fall under that description.
The investigation into George Tyndall is believed to be the largest sex crimes investigation involving an individual in LAPD history. More than 500 women have come forward and claimed Tyndall abused them and 234 women have filed police reports against him for inappropriate touching or remarks. USC has been forced to acknowledge it had received complaints against Tyndall as early as 2000. Other victims have since come forward with earlier abuse claims dating back as far as the 1990’s. Despite all the complaints filed against Tyndall, the doctor wasn’t fired until 2016, and that only came after colleagues discovered another box full of pictures of female genitalia in his office.
A settlement offer of $250 million has been made by USC to compensate victims but many as being inadequate have derided it as being inadequate. The continuing revelations regarding Tyndall’s behavior, such as the pictures hidden in his storage unit, suggest there might be more evidence to come and more victims we don’t know about. USC is making the proposed settlement because they want the abuse cases to go away as soon as possible. and thus avoid more disclosure and adverse publicity. By comparison, the 332 women and girls who say they were sexually assaulted by sports doctor Larry Nassar were given a $500-million settlement by Michigan State University.
USC knowingly allowed a sexual predator to continue to prey on young women and then went so far as to silence complaints regarding Tyndall while he continued to molest victims. At Saunders & Walker we have a long history representing victims of sexual assault and realize how difficult it may for victims to come forward. George Tyndall victimized and sexually abused young women at the University of Southern California for almost three decades while they knowingly allowed this predator to continue practicing.
If you were a patient of Doctor Tyndall and believe he sexually assaulted you, you are not alone. Please contact Saunders & Walker at 1-800-748-7115 to discuss your legal options. All legal discussions will be strictly confidential and your identity will be protected in any subsequent lawsuit.
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