L.A. doctor, son of former Bermuda premier, on trial on suspicion of assaulting patients
Trial began this week for Dr. Kevin Brown, a prominent South Los Angeles doctor facing charges of sexually assaulting a dozen female patients, including a 15-year-old and an undercover Los Angeles Police Department officer.
Brown is the son of the former premier of Bermuda and often organized charity fundraisers at the Playboy Mansion.
Several of the alleged victims are set to testify. Many said they went to Brown's Crenshaw Boulevard practice for treatment. Prosecutors believe he also assaulted one woman in her Alhambra home.
Prosecutors say Brown, 40, assaulted almost a dozen female patients, including the undercover officer who was posing as a patient.
Brown allegedly molested the patients under the guise of unnecessary breast and pelvic exams over a two-year period, beginning in 2003.
His 2008 arrest came after several women contacted authorities and accused Brown of sexually battering or raping them during those examinations, Deputy Dist. Atty. Ann Marie Wise said.
Brown has pleaded not guilty to 33 felony sex charges and could face life in prison if convicted on all counts.
The state is also investigating Brown in "multiple healthcare fraud schemes and over prescription of Oxycodone," according to court documents. He has not been charged in connection with that inquiry.
At the time of his arrest, Brown was free on bail for a previous sexual assault arrest.
Brown once operated the now-defunct Urban Health Institute of Los Angeles. The charity, which was run out of the same building as Brown's practice, sought to provide disaster relief in the United States, South America and throughout Africa.
Founded by Brown, the institute had held fundraisers at the Playboy mansion that featured celebrities such as Khloe Kardashian, Don Cheadle, Shannon Elizabeth and Hugh Hefner.
-- Ricardo Lopez
Photo: Dr. Kevin Brown, left, with his attorney, Blair Berk, at a hearing in Los Angeles on Sept. 9, 2008. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press