Police believe doctor preyed upon seniors
By Tamara Barak
June 11, 2007
Investigators believe a San Francisco physician arrested for
sexual battery has a history of preying upon senior citizens,
a police official revealed today.
Dr. Jose Rosas, 53, was taken into custody Thursday at his practice
at 2460 Mission St., San Francisco police Lt. Dan Leydon said.
Rosas was booked on suspicion of felony sexual battery and elder
abuse. The incident allegedly involved a female patient who is
a senior citizen.
"Her claim was that she went in complaining of a common
medical complaint and the doctor then performed an improper gynecological
exam in his office," Leydon said. The woman's medical issue
was unrelated to a gynecological problem, according to investigators.
At the time of his arrest Thursday, Rosas was out of jail on
bail pending the investigation of similar complaints dating to
2005. Rosas has appeared in court but has not been tried on the
charges, Leydon said.
The four victims in the 2005 complaints are all Hispanic women
in their 60s, Leydon said. Rosas maintained a practice in the
1500 block of Valencia Street in San Francisco when those accusations
According to records from the Medical Board of California, Rosas
maintains a valid medical license but since his arrest in 2005
has been prohibited from performing gynecological exams or examining
female patients in any way without a chaperone or medical assistant.
Leydon today urged other possible victims to come forward in
the case. He said it's possible that other women may be afraid
to contact police because they are undocumented immigrants.
"We're trying to reach out and let victims know that their
immigration status is not a factor.
The important thing is connecting them with resources and services
that are vital to their recovery and survival.
There's no way their immigration status will get in the way of
that," he said.
Anyone with knowledge of the improper exams was asked to call
the police sexual assault unit at (415) 553-1361.
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