A DOCTOR will be in jail just a month after it was revealed he was secretly filming women in the bathrooms at the clinic where he works.
dr Vincent Tran, 52, pleaded guilty to five counts of filming women in two unisex bathrooms at the Chula Vista Outpatient Center – Veterans Affairs Clinic – for months.
The San Diego County District Attorney’s Office confirmed that the doctor would receive only 30 days in prison and a one-year probation for the crime.
He reportedly filmed several women, including two nurses, using the restrooms.
Tran, who has been a doctor since 2007, bought several cameras that looked like pens in February 2020 and left them in bathrooms for several months.
“They were devastated. Both describe it as hurt. That it amounts to sexual assault.
“It was something that caused them a lot of emotional distress,” said Paul Starita, who represented two trans victims.
Starita alleged in June that VA officials were negligent in failing to take steps to protect the privacy of all employees, particularly female workers.
“The VA knew or should have known that they had to protect their female employees,” he said.
“And if they have a unisex toilet, they should at least have swept that toilet to make sure there were no recording devices in the toilet.”
According to June court filings, federal prosecutors argued that the unisex toilets were designed to protect people’s rights, not violate them.
“The VA is not alone in handling these sensitive issues,” the court documents said.
For example, the state of California recently passed a law requiring that “all single-use restroom facilities in all business establishments, public accommodations, or state or local government agencies” be identified by specific signage “as all-gender restroom facilities.” ‘ it continued.
“These are fundamental political issues; ‘Judicial reasoning’, as the plaintiff is attempting, is forbidden.”
Tran was ordered by State Court Judge Gerry Haehnle earlier this month to make amends for his victims.
He must also avoid all VA hospitals and complete treatment.
His license to practice medicine has been suspended for five years, meaning he may be able to return to GP once the suspension is lifted.
The cameras were discovered in bathrooms in March 2021 and Tran faced 14 offenses in which a person secretly filmed and invaded their privacy with a hidden camera.
An investigation revealed that Tran had recordings of multiple women on his personal electronic devices.
The pens would hold about 25 minutes of footage each, according to the Medical Board.
Tran admitted he would get the cameras out of the bathrooms and look at what they filmed.
“[Tran] stated he would charge the batteries and then swap out the cameras in the toilet for further recording,” the medical association said.
He was initially charged in June, but two nurses, who were also filmed at the hospital, filed a civil lawsuit against Tran a few days later.
Starita explained that his clients are genuinely “concerned” that Tran may continue to practice despite the investigation.
“Our customers are nurses. And they’re concerned that he’s still out there in the community and still caring for patients,” he said.
The other victims were notified in May 2021, more than two months after the cameras were discovered, according to Starita.
Trans attorney Kristen Friedman described the doctor earlier this year as a “devoted family man.”
“Dr. Tran has an impeccable reputation and a distinguished 20-year medical career,” Friedman told local reporters.
https://www.the-sun.com/news/6910890/vincent-tran-convicted-secret-filming-women-california-doctor/ Sick details have been revealed after a California doctor used a secret camera to film women and nurses in a unisex bathroom