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Former UCLA gynecologist James Heaps found guilty of sexual misconduct

Former UCLA gynecologist James Heaps (pictured) was found guilty of sexual misconduct Thursday. (David Rimer/Daily Bruin senior staff)

By Catherine Hamilton

Oct. 20, 2022 7:55 p.m.

A jury found former UCLA gynecologist James Heaps guilty of sexual misconduct Thursday. 

The trial began Aug. 9 after a grand jury indicted Heaps, a former faculty member at the David Geffen School of Medicine, on 21 counts of felony sexual assault in May 2021.  Heaps was found guilty on three counts of sexual battery and two counts of sexual penetration, according to NBC. He was found not guilty on seven counts, and the jurors deadlocked on the rest of the charges. 

Seven women claimed they were sexually assaulted between 2009 and 2018 by Heaps, who worked at UCLA for 35 years, though he pled not guilty. 

[Related: Former UCLA OB-GYN James Heaps criminal trial begins with testimony]

More than 500 lawsuits filed against UCLA and Heaps have alleged the university failed to protect patients even after they became aware of the assaults. The University of California Board of Regents reached three separate settlements of $374 million, $243.6 million and $73 million.

“The conduct alleged to have been committed by Heaps is reprehensible and contrary to our values,” said UCLA in a May public statement. “We are dedicated to providing the highest quality care that respects the dignity of every patient. We are taking all necessary steps to ensure our patients’ well-being in order to maintain the public’s confidence and trust.” 

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Catherine Hamilton | News editor
Hamilton is the 2023-2024 News editor and a Copy staff member. She was previously the 2022-2023 national news and higher education beat editor and a national news contributor. She is also a third-year gender studies and political science student minoring in professional writing.
Hamilton is the 2023-2024 News editor and a Copy staff member. She was previously the 2022-2023 national news and higher education beat editor and a national news contributor. She is also a third-year gender studies and political science student minoring in professional writing.
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