James Kohut, 57, was arrested Sunday at a residence near the Santa Cruz Yacht Harbor on 4th Avenue on one charge of oral copulation with a child under the age of 10 and two charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14. He was booked into the Santa Cruz County Jail and is being held without bail.
Kohut was one of three doctors at Sutter Maternity and Surgery Center and one of two doctors at Dominican Hospital who specialized in neurological surgery.
Kohut, who is married and has two college-age children, ended his employment with the Palo Alto Medical Foundation and parent company Sutter Health in 2016.
Rashel Brandon, 42, was arrested on May 10 and was charged with 11 felonies including sodomy, oral copulation and lewd and lascivious acts with a child as well as multiple charges related to the production of child pornography.
Brandon, also married and has three children, was arrested at a residence in the 500 block of Cirvelo Street in Watsonville, which is located a half block from Ann Soldo Elementary School. She has been employed by Dignity Health since June 2016, according to a LinkedIn page.
An unidentified third suspect is in custody outside of California.
“I can confirm we have three people in custody and that this is a very serious sexual abuse case,” said Watsonville police Capt. Jorge Zamora. “I can also confirm the case crosses state lines.”
In addition to the Watsonville Police Department, other investigating agencies include the FBI, the Santa Cruz County District Attorney and the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force Program, a national network of 61 coordinated task forces representing over 3,500 federal, state and local law enforcement and prosecutorial agencies.
Kohut was previously disciplined for viewing pornography on his work computer while working at another medical center.
The local authorities are trying to determine if there are more victims.
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