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Plastic Surgeon Arrested on Suspicion of Secretly Taping Female Patients Undressed

Dr. Lance Everett Wyatt, 42, of Sherman Oaks, is taken into custody Thursday based on a $50,000 arrest warrant.

A plastic surgeon was arrested Thursday in connection with charges that he secretly videotaped female patients while undressed during post-operative examinations at his Beverly Center-area office.

Dr. Lance Everett Wyatt, 42, of Sherman Oaks, was taken into custody at about noon based on a $50,000 arrest warrant issued after charges were filed Wednesday, according to the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office.

Prosecutors allege that Wyatt used a concealed camera to film two women and touched one of the two patients during a post-operative exam. He was charged with four misdemeanor counts of surreptitious filming and one misdemeanor count each of battery and sexual battery.

Almost a year ago, on Aug. 4, 2011, one of the patients discovered she was being recorded, ran from the office with the camera and turned it over to police, according to the City Attorney's Office.

"Patients deserve to feel safe and secure while in the care of their physician," City Attorney Carmen Trutanich said. "Our charges allege that Dr. Wyatt violated that sacred trust and he should be held accountable."

If convicted on all counts, Wyatt faces a maximum sentence of two years in county jail and lifetime registration as a sex offender.

No arraignment date has been set.

lilibaiyu August 03, 2012 at 01:23 AM
"Almost a YEAR ago???" Wow. That's some generous turn-around time for justice to be delayed! So... was he continuing to practice all that time? Double Wow....
Wendy L. August 03, 2012 at 05:32 AM
Dr. Wyatt is a wonderful Doctor. He perfomed surgery on me and is very professional. I stand behind him 100%.
G August 03, 2012 at 07:51 AM
I was about to schedule my surgery with him but I think I will reconsider.
John August 03, 2012 at 04:02 PM
Right Wendy. So you don't care whether he videoed other people disrobing or not because you trust him with your surgery so therefore he is not guilty? Seems to me like you are nervous and would hate to think he was filming you so you are going to blindly stand by him.
Kay August 03, 2012 at 04:38 PM
My late father was a leading physician and he would be appalled by this man. We all should be. He is a predator and a creep. I hope justice is served.

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