Placentia, CA. – California anesthesiologist, Yashwant Giri, 58, was arrested in Cypress on Thursday accused of sexually assaulting two female patients while they were unconscious. Giri is an anesthesiologist at the Placentia-Linda Hospital, but 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. The incidents reportedly occurred in 2009 and 2011.
Unique, perhaps, in this case is the fact that the Giri did not seem overly interested in concealing his crime. In the 2009 incident, Giri is accused of digitally penetrating a 16-year-old victim while a scrub nurse was in the room preparing the surgery tools with her back turned. The nurse turned, 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.
“The investigation that the hospital says they did in 2009 in their opinion was inconclusive,” Loomis said. “The doctor denied the allegations and they didn’t believe they had enough to substantiate, so they concluded there wasn’t anything more to do with it.” This, of course, stemming from the fact that everyone knows that scrub nurses aren’t to be believed.
On March 18 of this year, Giri is accused of fondling the breasts of 36-year-old woman while she was unconscious under anesthesia during an outpatient surgery procedure. A hospital employee witnessed Giri fondling the victim’s breast ‘continuously’ while the procedure was taking place. The hospital employee reported the sexual assault to a hospital director and police were contacted. We can only assume that this employee wasn’t a scrub nurses.
Giri is charged with one felony count each of sexual battery and sexual penetration by foreign object and is currently being held on $100,000 bail. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of eight years in state prison.
Due to the defendant’s work history, prosecutors fear their may be other victims. If you have knowledge of inappropriate behavior by Giri – and are not a scrub nurse – please contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794.Tags: anesthesiologist, Sexual Battery, sexual penetration by foreign object, Yashwant Giri