Doctor, nurses charged in California with child sexual abuse



Police say seven children are in protective custody as authorities continue to investigate a disturbing case of sexual assault involving three adult suspects.

Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Watsonville Police Department. Police say seven children were victimized by a doctor and two nurses, the youngest just 3 years old.

Stephens is accused along with Dr. James Kohut, who was arrested Sunday at his home in Santa Cruz, and nurse Rashel Brandon, arrested May 9 in nearby Watsonville.

The Arkansas State Medical Board had issued Kohut a license in February to practice in the state.

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Brandon was arrested at her Watsonville residence on May 9. James Kohut, Emily Stephens and Rashel Brandon have been arrested and charged with sex crimes with children.

She is now being held in the Pima County Adult Detention Center without bond. Several hand written letters were also taken, as well as a bill for cable and internet, in Kohut's name, at Stephen's home address in Pima County. It stated that the words "James Kohut made me do this" were written on the paper. It states someone close to Stephens claimed Brandon had been texting Stephens and threatening that she would call the police on her.

The third suspect arrested in a Northern California child abuse case involving a brain surgeon and a nurse has been identified as a 29-year-old Arizona nurse. She is in custody at Santa Cruz County Jail in lieu of $500,000 bail.

According to Watsonville police, she and Brandon are both charged with lewd and lascivious acts, with force, with a child under 14; sending harmful matter with intent to seduce a minor; specific sex acts with a child under 10 years old; specific sex acts with a child under 14 years old; and specific sex acts with force with a child under 14 years old.

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