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Laguna Hills acupuncturist charged in alleged sexual battery of patient

A Laguna Beach acupuncturist was charged Tuesday afternoon with sexual battery after he allegedly rubbed the private parts of a female patient and pulled down her pants, authorities said.

William James Goit, 52, faces one misdemeanor count of sexual battery in connection with the April 21 assault, the Orange County district attorney said.

Goit was allegedly treating the 46-year-old woman with acupuncture therapy and made inappropriate comments about her appearance as he began to massage her, prosecutors said.

Prosecutors allege that Goit told the woman to turn around, then pulled down her pants. She pulled up her pants and left. The woman reported the incident to the Orange County Sheriff's Department, prosecutors said.

Goit, a San Clemente resident, was arrested Tuesday at his Laguna Hills office and was being held in lieu of $10,000 bail. An arraignment date had not been scheduled.
Anyone with information or who thinks they have been a victim is asked to call Supervising Dist. Atty. Investigator Carl Waddell at (714) 834-7538 or the Sheriff's Department Special Victims Unit at (714) 647-7419.

-- Robert J. Lopez
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