Sep 27, 2023
A Newport Beach infectious disease doctor has been arrested and charged with sexually assaulting nine patients. Dr. William Thompson IV, a resident of Huntington Beach whose practice reportedly specializes in treating members of the LGTBQ+ community, is alleged to have sexually assaulted multiple male patients under the guise of “necessary medical exams,” Fox 11 reported.
Fox 11 also reported that Dr. William Thompson’s website – which is currently down – indicated that he provided “general practitioner services to the LGBTQ+ Community,” and listed an affiliation with Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.
Dr. Thompson IV’s arrest occurred last week at his Newport Beach medical practice following a joint investigation by the Department of Consumer Affairs and the Newport Beach Police Department, KTLA reported.
According to law enforcement officials, the sexual assaults allegedly committed by Dr. William Thompson include:
“After learning medical procedures being performed on them by Thompson were not medically necessary, six of Thompson’s patients disclosed that they had been sexually assaulted by Thompson,” officials said.
The sex crimes charges against Thompson include:
The Orange County District Attorney’s Office issued a statement following Dr. Thompson’s arrest.
“Many of Dr. Thompson’s patients depended on him to provide life-saving care and he exploited those vulnerabilities for his own sexual gratification,” Orange County District Attorney Todd Spitzer said via a press release.
“Unfortunately, because of his specialized area of practice, Dr. Thompson put the very patients he was supposed to treat with professionalism and dignity, in a situation where they may have felt they had no other choice but to be subjected to sexual abuse in order to receive the treatment they needed to continue to live. A doctor’s office should be a place where patients can safely share their most personal vulnerabilities without having to fear they will be preyed upon by a sexual predator. No one should be violated in such a shameful way by someone who has taken an oath to protect their patients,” Spitzer added.
If convicted of all the sex crimes charges, Thompson faces a maximum sentence of 30 years to life in prison plus 25 years.
Dr. William Thompson IV was release on $100,000 bond and is scheduled to be arraigned on November 2.
Officials also noted that Thompson was arrested in April 2021 on suspicion of driving under the influence. At the time of his arrest, Thompson reportedly had a blood alcohol content of .38. He eventually pleaded guilty to one misdemeanor count of DUI and one misdemeanor count of DUI with a BAC of more than .08%, law enforcement officials confirmed.
Newport Beach Police are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying any additional patients who may have been sexually assaulted by Dr. William Thompson, 56, of Huntington Beach, California.
Nine male patients have come forward to accuse Thompson of sexual assault, but authorities have indicated they believe there are likely additional victims.
If you have information about a sex crime committed by Dr. William Thompson or may know of an unidentified victim, Newport Beach Police urge you to contact them immediately at 949-644-3682. To submit an anonymous tip, please call 1-800-550-6273.
In July, Riverside Dr. Sam Sannoufi of Newport Beach was arrested after multiple patients came forward and reported alleged sex crimes to police.
The July arrest was the second time Dr. Sannoufi was charged with sexually assaulting patients – with the first instance occurring in June of this year.
Police have indicted there may be additional victims and are urging anyone with information related to a sex crime committed by Dr. Sam Sannoufi to contact Detective Stanley Hua at 951-353-7950 or SHua@RiversideCA.gov.
The Los Angeles Times published an investigative report in December 2021 which identified specific Southern California-based doctors whose licenses had been reinstated despite sexual misconduct allegations. Some of those physicians included:
From a total of 17 physicians who had previously lost their licenses due to sexual misconduct, 10 were reinstated, according to the Times’ investigation – a reinstatement rate of nearly 60%.
California Doctors Convicted of Sexual Abuse No Longer Able to Keep Medical Licenses
New legislation known as AB-1636 was passed last year to ensure that doctors convicted of sexual abuse or other types of sexual misconduct will be prohibited from having their licenses reinstated by California’s medical board.
California AB-1636 authorizes the state medical board to “deny a license based on formal discipline that occurred earlier than seven years preceding the date of application if the formal discipline was based on conduct that, if committed in this state by a licensed physician and surgeon, would have constituted an act of sexual abuse, misconduct, or relations with a patient or sexual exploitation, as specified,” according to the bill’s text.
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