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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1999
The city attorney's office filed charges against a Beverly Hills physician Monday after a male patient accused him of sexual battery at a Panorama City Weight Control Center, a spokesman said. Morton Klein, 72, faces two misdemeanor counts, including sexual battery and engaging in sexual contact with a patient while working as a physician, according to city attorney's spokesman Mike Qualls. Klein is to be arraigned in Van Nuys Municipal Court on April 7.
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January 13, 2001 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Respiratory therapist Efren Saldivar said in 1998 that he may have contributed to "anywhere from 100 to 200" deaths at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, according to a transcript of his confession to a polygraph examiner and police investigator.
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January 13, 2001 | PAUL LIEBERMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Respiratory therapist Efren Saldivar said in 1998 that he may have contributed to "anywhere from 100 to 200" deaths at Glendale Adventist Medical Center, according to a transcript of his confession to a polygraph examiner and police investigator.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 18, 2000
The Medical Board of California has severely disciplined two Orange County doctors, one for having sex with patients and the other for botching liposuction surgery and deceiving patients. The board revoked the license of Jeffrey Moran, a Santa Ana psychiatrist, finding that he had sex with a patient in 1995 despite being disciplined for the same offense in 1987. Gerald K.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ
A former patient at St. Joseph Hospital filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court here this week claiming that a doctor removed her from the hospital under false pretenses and took her to his home, where he sexually assaulted her. The patient said she was under the influence of prescribed "mood-altering" drugs and felt threatened by the physician when the assault allegedly occurred the day after she had surgery in July 1996.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year ago, a 28-year-old respiratory therapist named Efren Saldivar swallowed some Valium, walked into the Glendale Police Department and told officers he had ended the lives of up to 50 elderly or terminally ill patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Today, having recanted his confession, Saldivar remains a free man. He has yet to be charged with a crime and, according to a friend, is employed in a nonmedical field. But the investigation grinds on.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1998 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who pleaded guilty to assaulting a patient at Antelope Valley Hospital while on duty was sentenced Monday to five months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian also ordered Henry Myers, 30, to serve another five months in a halfway house where he is expected to undergo mental health treatment, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Jeffrey Rawitz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1997 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a deal denounced by his victims, a psychologist's aide was sentenced to a year in jail and allowed to walk away free after he pleaded no contest Monday to groping two female patients whom he had hypnotized in a clinic for victims of sexual assault. Michael Lamont Buffington, 47, left Van Nuys Courthouse a free man because he had already served one year in custody awaiting trial, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1996 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A psychotherapist faced a new felony charge this week after a judge dismissed other charges that he hypnotized and then sexually assaulted female patients in a clinic that specialized in treating victims of sexual abuse. Municipal Judge Paul L. Metzler dismissed the six felony sexual assault charges Tuesday against Michael LaMont Buffington of Northridge. "The judge granted a motion to dismiss the charges because the element of duress was not supported," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Yochelson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It first came to her in a dream, the seemingly crazy notion that she was having sex with her therapist while under hypnosis, a former actress testified this week in Van Nuys Municipal Court. "I started thinking and remembering and dreaming in my sleep that certain things were happening," the woman said, crying as she recalled the therapy sessions. "I didn't know if it was my crazy thoughts or what."
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 28, 1999 | SCOTT GLOVER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A year ago, a 28-year-old respiratory therapist named Efren Saldivar swallowed some Valium, walked into the Glendale Police Department and told officers he had ended the lives of up to 50 elderly or terminally ill patients at Glendale Adventist Medical Center. Today, having recanted his confession, Saldivar remains a free man. He has yet to be charged with a crime and, according to a friend, is employed in a nonmedical field. But the investigation grinds on.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1999
The city attorney's office filed charges against a Beverly Hills physician Monday after a male patient accused him of sexual battery at a Panorama City Weight Control Center, a spokesman said. Morton Klein, 72, faces two misdemeanor counts, including sexual battery and engaging in sexual contact with a patient while working as a physician, according to city attorney's spokesman Mike Qualls. Klein is to be arraigned in Van Nuys Municipal Court on April 7.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 27, 1998 | CLAIRE VITUCCI, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A former Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy who pleaded guilty to assaulting a patient at Antelope Valley Hospital while on duty was sentenced Monday to five months in federal prison. U.S. District Judge Dickran Tevrizian also ordered Henry Myers, 30, to serve another five months in a halfway house where he is expected to undergo mental health treatment, said Assistant U.S. Atty. Jeffrey Rawitz.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 26, 1997 | ANDREW BLANKSTEIN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a deal denounced by his victims, a psychologist's aide was sentenced to a year in jail and allowed to walk away free after he pleaded no contest Monday to groping two female patients whom he had hypnotized in a clinic for victims of sexual assault. Michael Lamont Buffington, 47, left Van Nuys Courthouse a free man because he had already served one year in custody awaiting trial, authorities said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 11, 1997 | GREG HERNANDEZ
A former patient at St. Joseph Hospital filed a lawsuit in Orange County Superior Court here this week claiming that a doctor removed her from the hospital under false pretenses and took her to his home, where he sexually assaulted her. The patient said she was under the influence of prescribed "mood-altering" drugs and felt threatened by the physician when the assault allegedly occurred the day after she had surgery in July 1996.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1996 | FRANK B. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A psychotherapist faced a new felony charge this week after a judge dismissed other charges that he hypnotized and then sexually assaulted female patients in a clinic that specialized in treating victims of sexual abuse. Municipal Judge Paul L. Metzler dismissed the six felony sexual assault charges Tuesday against Michael LaMont Buffington of Northridge. "The judge granted a motion to dismiss the charges because the element of duress was not supported," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Yochelson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 18, 1995 | ANNA CEKOLA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Superior Court judge on Friday agreed to allow former patients involved in the UC Irvine fertility clinic scandal to allege in their lawsuits that they were victims of theft, which might allow them to collect more money if they win. The lawsuits against the university and three former fertility specialists allege that eggs and embryos were stolen and that some were implanted in women without the donors' permission.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1996
A therapist faced a new felony count this week after a judge dismissed other charges that he hypnotized and sexually assaulted female patients in a clinic that specialized in treating victims of sexual abuse. Municipal Judge Paul L. Metzler dismissed the six felony sexual assault charges Tuesday against Michael LaMont Buffington of Northridge. "The judge granted a motion to dismiss the charges because the element of duress was not supported," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Yochelson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 31, 1996
A therapist faced a new felony count this week after a judge dismissed other charges that he hypnotized and sexually assaulted female patients in a clinic that specialized in treating victims of sexual abuse. Municipal Judge Paul L. Metzler dismissed the six felony sexual assault charges Tuesday against Michael LaMont Buffington of Northridge. "The judge granted a motion to dismiss the charges because the element of duress was not supported," said Deputy Dist. Atty. Alan Yochelson.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 2, 1996 | ANN W. O'NEILL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
It first came to her in a dream, the seemingly crazy notion that she was having sex with her therapist while under hypnosis, a former actress testified this week in Van Nuys Municipal Court. "I started thinking and remembering and dreaming in my sleep that certain things were happening," the woman said, crying as she recalled the therapy sessions. "I didn't know if it was my crazy thoughts or what."
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