Brain surgeon charged with child sex abuse gives up license

A California brain surgeon has agreed to give up his state medical license while he faces charges of sexually abusing children.

Dr. James Kohut agreed to the suspension, electronic monitoring and staying off the internet in addition to other conditions in exchange for bail, according to court documents.

A judge on Monday agreed to release Kohut on bail. But he said he will set the amount at a June 28 hearing and the doctor will remain in custody until then.

Kohut was arrested on May 14 and charged with 10 counts of sex abuse. In unsuccessfully arguing against bail, prosecutors say the doctor sought to impregnate women to create more victims, though there’s no evidence he succeeded.

Several women who had relationships with Kohut said he wanted to have children with them to create “‘taboo’ families where the parents raise their children sexually,” Assistant District Attorney Steven Moore said in court documents.

Moore also wrote that the FBI, Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Office and police in Australia previously investigated Kohut.

Santa Cruz Sheriff’s Sgt. Chris Clark confirmed that the department did open an investigation but declined to discuss details.

FBI spokeswoman Katherine Zackel said the FBI is assisting the Watsonville police investigation and declined to discuss the agency’s previous involvement with Kohut.

Kohut’s attorney Jay Rorty argued in court Monday that the previous FBI investigation was a sting operation in which Kohut says he was guilty only of a “thought crime” and had not acted on sexual compulsions, The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported ( https://tinyurl.com/y8gnl93f ).

Rorty didn’t respond to a call for comment Tuesday.

Moore said prosecutors recently put in an additional sex abuse charge after a Louisiana woman came forward and alleged Kohut abused her in 2004 when she was 13.

After Kohut’s arrest was widely reported, a Facebook user forwarded to investigators a Louisiana woman’s 2015 post calling the brain surgeon a “pedophile,” court…

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