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Bail set at $6.4m for surgeon charged with child rape

Published:Thursday | June 29, 2017 | 12:00 AM


A judge set bail at $6.45 million yesterday for a Northern California brain surgeon charged with sexually abusing children.

Prosecutors had opposed bail for Dr James Kohut, saying the neurologist is a public danger who recruits women to help find child victims.

The Santa Cruz district attorney's office said Kohut also discussed impregnating women to give birth to children he could sexually abuse in a so-called taboo family lifestyle.

Prosecutors have said there is no evidence he created such a family, but they have charged him with 11 counts of sexually abusing children under the age of 14.

Kohut has pleaded not guilty.

His lawyer, Jay Rorty, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment but has previously declined the prosecutor's allegations. Rorty argued in court papers that Kohut does not represent a danger to the public or a flight risk.

Kohut was arrested in his Santa Cruz, California home last month along with two nurses who are charged with participating in child sex abuse with the 57-year-old doctor.

If Kohut does post bail, he will be monitored electronically. He voluntarily suspended his California medical licence while the case is pending and faces 165 years in prison if convicted.