Neurosurgeon arrested

UPDATE: Case of California brain surgeon facing kiddie porn charges gets even worse

The case of the California neurosurgeon and nurses accused of child molestation has gotten even more disturbing.  Local news station KION reports the children involved may have been the two nurses’ own children.

Dr. James Kohut and nurses Rashel Brandon and Emily Stephens are accused of felony acts against children. According to the East Bay Times, the married 57-year-old Kohut is facing 10 felonies related to having sex with children and forcible lewd acts with children.

Meanwhile, Brandon, 42, a nurse from Watsonville, CA, is charged with eight felonies including having sex with a child younger than 11 years old, forcible lewd acts on children, and using a minor for sexual acts. She remains in custody at the Santa Cruz County Jail on $500,000 bail.

Tucson-based traveling nurse Emily Stephens, 29, is being held in the Pima County Jail on six felony charges including sex with children and forced lewd acts with children.

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KION reports that court documents in the Stephens case include details of a sex video in which Brandon and Stephens perform sexual acts on three children. In the video, Brandon allegedly performs sex acts on her 9-year-old son. Stephens is also accused of abusing Brandon’s son as well as her own children, ages 3 and 5.

Apparently, Brandon’s estranged husband discovered a video of the two women and their children and turned it in to Watsonville Police, who initiated the criminal investigation. KION reported that during an interview with investigators, Brandon claimed Stephens is pregnant with Kohut’s child and tried to blackmail him.

Brandon claims Kohut asked for her help in getting revenge on Stephens and that led to the idea of filming Stephens sexually assaulting children. In the wake of the case, seven children have been placed in protective custody. It is unclear how the children are related.

All three of the defendants are facing the possibility of life in prison if convicted.

[Feature Photo: Watsonville Police Department]