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Doctor accused of hiding camera in Veterans Affairs bathroom

Dr. Vincent Tran is called in a federal lawsuit and faces misdemeanor prices involving seven ladies.

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A former physician in household apply on the Chula Vista Veterans Affairs Clinic is going through legal prices of hiding a camera in a bathroom and secretly recording ladies utilizing the restroom.

Dr. Vincent Tran, 52, now not works on the V.A. clinic, however he nonetheless has a license to apply medication, in accordance with the California Medical Board.

Tran is charged in Chula Vista legal court docket with 14 misdemeanor counts of secretly filming an individual and invading their privateness with a hid camera.

Tran has pleaded not responsible and is due again in court docket on June 9.

Paul Starita, an legal professional with Gomez Trial Attorneys, filed a federal lawsuit final month in opposition to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on behalf of two of the alleged victims, who labored on the Chula Vista clinic.

“Sometime during October of 2020, the recording took place. And, our clients weren’t notified until till May of 2021 that they had been, in fact, recorded on that device that the doctor had placed in the restroom,” mentioned Starita.

“Our clients are nurses. And, you know, they’re concerned about the fact that he’s still out there in the community and still caring for patients,” Starita mentioned. 

Starita continued, “The  V.A. knew or should have known that they needed to protect their female employees. And by having a unisex restroom, at a minimum, they should have swept that restroom to make sure there were no recording devices in the restroom.”

Because of the continued legal case in opposition to Dr. Tran, Starita mentioned the  V.A. has declined to show over the hidden cam video to the alleged victims.

“They were devastated. They both describe it as being violated, you know, that it is tantamount to a sexual assault. It was something that really caused them great emotional distress,” mentioned Starita.

CBS 8 reached out to Kristen Friedman, the legal protection legal professional representing Dr. Tran. She emailed us a press release saying, “Dr. Tran has an impeccable fame and stellar twenty-year career as a medical skilled.  He is a faithful household man.”

A spokesperson for the  V.A. didn’t reply to a request for remark emailed Friday afternoon.

A decide signed a stipulated order on Thursday, June 30, prohibiting Dr. Vincent Tran from working towards medication till his legal case is resolved.

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