Seven women so far have filed civil lawsuits for student molestation and sexual abuse against the University of Southern California (USC) and its former longtime campus gynecologist, Dr. George Tyndall. According to the complaints of the former students of the university, Dr. Tyndall routinely molested, groped, and assaulted them under the guise of gynecological exams. The complaints also state USC knew of his repeated misbehaviors and harassment, yet did nothing to correct the situation.
Christopher Bathum, 56, was found guilty of 31 criminal counts by a Los Angeles jury. Arrested in 2016, Bathum once owned and operated 13 rehabilitation treatment centers throughout Los Angeles and Orange County. He also owned 6 in the state of Colorado. Bathum's convictions included rape and drug dealing, as he was particularly predatory to the most susceptible addicts in the center--often cornering them and exploiting their weakest points. He manipulated and abused his role as a counselor by showing victims how to beat drug tests, partaking in drug use with patients, and offering incentives such as use of a vehicle or cell phone in exchange for sex.
Schimmel & Parks, APLC is currently representing plaintiffs who have filed suit against Chris Bathum, the founder and operator of a Los Angeles drug and alcohol rehab center called Community Recovery. Bathum has been accused of several instances of egregious abuses of his patients, including providing drugs to patients and taking advantage of them sexually. Recently, we interviewed with 20/20 about the different types of abuse that can occur in substance abuse treatment centers and how they occur more frequently than most people are aware.