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Irvine doctor accused of groping two female patients

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An Irvine doctor has been accused of groping two female patients, Orange County prosecutors announced Thursday.

Dr. John Carl Hoefs, 79, is charged with seven sex crimes.

Hoefs is accused of groping the breasts of a patient with liver disease during five different appointments starting in 2020, and when she tried to cover herself with a gown given to her during the medical visit, he pulled it back down around her breast to expose. prosecutors alleged.

Prosecutors said the doctor was accused of groping another patient’s breasts during an examination in November 2016 and during another visit in October 2017.

He was arrested Friday, posted $500,000 bail and was released. He will be arraigned on June 13.

Hoefs had privileges at Hoag Memorial Hospital-Presbyterian Medical Center, which were immediately suspended when officials learned of his arrest. The doctor “operated an independent practice out of rented space in a building owned by Hoag,” Hoag officials said. He “was not employed by Hoag or its subsidiaries.”

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Anyone with information that could be relevant to investigators was asked to call Irvine Police Department Detective Rebecca Steen at 949-724-7170.

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