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A former gynecologist for the University of California, Los Angeles has been accused of assaulting multiple women. Dr. James Heaps, 62, has been charged by California prosecutors on two counts of sexual battery by fraud, in connection to the sexual assault of two women between 2017 and 2018. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges, according to the LA Times.
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Were you or a loved one sexually assaulted by Dr. James Heaps? You are not alone. Our experienced sexual assault attorneys are here to help. We believe you, and we believe your story deserves to be told. At least 23 women have accused Dr. Heaps of sexual assault. Authorities in California say the obstetrician-gynecologist exploited his position of trust and power to abuse women during unnecessary physical examinations. If these allegations are true, Heaps' actions are unforgivable.
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Thankfully, Dr. James Heaps is being held accountable for his alleged misconduct by the criminal justice system. Civil action may also be possible. If you or a loved one were assaulted by Dr. Heaps, you may be eligible to pursue financial compensation by filing a private civil lawsuit. Several survivors have already filed suit against Dr. Heaps and UCLA.
Our attorneys understand the painful emotions caused by sexual assault. You may still be struggling to handle powerful feelings of shame and fear, anger and depression. These are natural reactions to a terrible trauma. You did nothing wrong. This was not your fault. A trusted doctor abused his position to take advantage of you. You can fight back. Your life need not be defined by what happened to you. Your life will be defined by how you respond to this situation.
UCLA Gynecologist Accused Of Multiple Assaults
While Heaps has only been charged in relation to the assault of two women, he faces far more accusations of sexual assault. Most recently, a cancer patient who was treated by Heaps for mesothelioma filed a private civil lawsuit against the doctor and UCLA, accusing Heaps of inappropriately touching her vagina and breasts under the guise of medical examination.
UCLA is facing harsh criticism for its handling of the situation. Sexual assault survivors say the university failed to inform authorities of the allegations against Heaps after learning of them. Heaps has called the allegations against him "baseless."
At least 23 women have come forward to accuse Dr. Heaps of sexual assault during his time at UCLA. A further 75 people have contacted the university with information relevant to the investigation after the charges against Heaps were announced. The charges against Heaps were publicized in mid-June 2019, but authorities say at least one woman reported the doctor's alleged sexual misconduct to UCLA in December of 2017. Instead of removing Heaps from his practice, or warning other patients about the allegations against him, the school allowed Heaps to retire quietly in 2018.
Heaps served as a consulting physician at UCLA's student health center between 1983 and 2010. He maintained a private practice on the school's campus from 1991 to 2014, when he sold his practice to the school and became an employee. He was employed as an obstetrician-gynecologist by UCLA Health between 2014 and 2018, also serving on the Medical School's faculty. He retired in 2018 after the university informed him that his contract would not be renewed.