At least 52 women have reported allegations of sexual abuse against a former campus physician at the University of Southern California, police said Tuesday.
The earlier patients of Dr. med. George Tyndall accused the ex-USC gynecologist of various forms of sexual misconduct, according to the Los Angeles Police Department, which extends the scope of its investigation to more than three decades.
The LAPD, which encouraged victims to call their sexual abuse hotline, said they expected more women to come.
Tyndall's "behaviors and practices seem to go beyond the standards of the medical profession and gynecological examinations," said Beatrice Girmala, Director of the LAPD Special Department.
"We want to become one of them personally who may have been influenced and believe that the victim of Dr. Criminal Conduct Tyndall, "she added.
The women's accounts came in the wake of lawsuits against the school and Tyndall by current and former students who accused the doctor of harassing patients for several decades. At least six women have sued the university.
One of the lawsuits alleged USC ignored complaints that Tyndall, 71, reportedly making crude remarks, made inappropriate photos and dealt with patients "to satisfy his own lustful desires". The alleged incidents took place between 1990 and 2016, according to LAPD.
Tyndall, who worked for 30 years in a USC spa clinic, retired last year.
He denies misconduct in interviews with the Los Angeles Times. It was unclear whether he got a lawyer on Wednesday morning.
The USC's Board of Trustees said last week that it would form a special committee and hire an outside lawyer to file the allegations to investigate women independently.
"The behavior of the former doctor was reprehensible, and we will hold people accountable if we find that they have failed to report or take action to ensure the well-being and safety of patients and students," said the board last week. "We are very sorry for those affected."
The university has been criticized since the LA Times earlier this month reported that complaints about the doctor's behavior had been ignored for years.
USC President C.L. Max Nikias agreed to resign last week after at least 200 faculty members signed a letter requesting his resignation.
"We have heard the news that something is broken and urgent and profound action is needed," said USC Chief Executive Rick Caruso in a letter to students and faculty.