Thursday, May 05, 2011

Yashwant Balgiri Giri, Anesthesiologist charged with assaulting unconscious patients

 Posted By CotoBlogzz

The OCDA is seeking the public's help in identifying potential additional victims

Rancho Santa Margarita, CA- - The Orange County District Attorney's (OCDA) Office has filed charges against 
Yashwant Balgiri Giri, an anesthesiologist for sexually assaulting two female patients while they were unconscious. 

Giri, 58, Cypress, was charged yesterday, May 4, 2011, with one felony count each of sexual battery on an institutionalized victim for Jane Doe #1 and sexual assault on an unconscious victim Jane Doe #2. The defendant was arrested in Cypress today, May 5, 2011, by the Placentia Police Department (PPD), who investigated this case. 

Giri is an anesthesiologist at the Placentia-Linda Hospital. Giri has worked at other hospitals in Southern California including Lakewood Regional Medical Center, Anaheim Regional Medical Center, West Anaheim Medical Center, and Western Medical Center, Anaheim.

Between Jan. 1, 2009, and Dec. 31, 2009, Giri is accused of administering anesthesia to 16-year-old Jane Doe #2 while she was unconscious from medication. He is accused of molesting  the victim while a scrub nurse was preparing the surgery tools with her back turned. The nurse witnessed the sexual assault and immediately reported the incident to a director at the Placentia-Linda Hospital. The hospital failed to report the incident to police at that time.

On March 18, 2011, Giri is accused of molesting 36-year-old Jane Doe #1 while she was unconscious under anesthesia during an outpatient surgery procedure. A hospital employee, who had looked into the operating room window to see how the surgery was progressing, witnessed the incident  while the procedure was taking place. The hospital employee reported the sexual assault to a hospital director and PPD was contacted. Shortly after PPD began their investigation, Giri resigned. During the investigation into the sexual assault of Jane Doe #1, PPD learned of the unreported sexual assault of Jane Doe #2 a year earlier.

Due to the defendant's work history, the OCDA is seeking the public's help identifying potential additional victims. Anyone with additional information or who thinks they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794.

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