A California doctor accused of molesting female patients during medical procedures has been ordered to stop practicing medicine until further notice.
Dr. Peter Chi, has turned in his license, according to the Medical Board of California. He previously had been ordered by a San Joaquin County judge to stay away from the Beauty Renewed Laser Skin Center, where he served as the medical director.
Chi, a cosmetic surgeon, made his first court appearance and is out on $100,000 bail. He has been charged with seven counts of sexual battery by fraud, one count of sexual battery and three counts of rape by a foreign object.
A total of eight women, said that they were violated during cosmetic surgery procedures or postoperative exams at his clinic between September 2007 and December 2008. Most of the women, who were 25 to 39 years old at the time, were unconscious while the molestation occurred.
Since the case became public, more than 25 people have come forward saying Chi abused them. There is a gag order preventing anyone from commenting on the case.
This is not the first time Chi has faced legal trouble. In July 2008 a petition to revoke Chi’s medical license was filed with the state’s medical board based on a case unrelated to the criminal charges.
Chi had been named in six lawsuits in San Joaquin County in the past six years and has settled three malpractice lawsuits for more than $30,000, according to the Medical Board records.
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