Doctor accused of hiding digicam in Veterans Affairs rest room

Dr. Vincent Tran is named in a federal lawsuit and faces misdemeanor charges involving 7 girls.

CHULA VISTA, Calif. — A former medical professional in relatives follow at the Chula Vista Veterans Affairs Clinic is struggling with felony charges of hiding a digicam in a rest room and secretly recording women using the restroom.

Dr. Vincent Tran, 52, no for a longer period performs at the V.A. clinic, but he continue to has a license to practice medicine, according to the California Medical Board.

Tran is billed in Chula Vista criminal courtroom with 14 misdemeanor counts of secretly filming a individual and invading their privacy with a hid digicam.

Tran has pleaded not guilty and is thanks back again in court on June 9.

Paul Starita, an legal professional with Gomez Trial Attorneys, submitted a federal lawsuit final thirty day period from the U.S. Section of Veterans Affairs on behalf of two of the alleged victims, who labored at the Chula Vista clinic.

“Sometime in the course of October of 2020, the recording took location. And, our clients weren’t notified right until until May perhaps of 2021 that they experienced been, in fact, recorded on that gadget that the physician had positioned in the restroom,” said Starita.

“Our clientele are nurses. And, you know, they are involved about the fact that he is nonetheless out there in the neighborhood and nonetheless caring for people,” Starita claimed. 

Starita continued, “The  V.A. knew or ought to have regarded that they necessary to shield their female personnel. And by acquiring a unisex restroom, at a minimum amount, they ought to have swept that restroom to make positive there ended up no recording gadgets in the restroom.”

Simply because of the ongoing prison case from Dr. Tran, Starita said the  V.A. has declined to convert over the concealed cam online video to the alleged victims.

“They ended up devastated. They the two explain it as becoming violated, you know, that it is tantamount to a sexual assault. It was a thing that seriously prompted them wonderful emotional distress,” said Starita.

CBS 8 attained out to Kristen Friedman, the criminal defense legal professional representing Dr. Tran. She emailed us a assertion expressing, “Dr. Tran has an impeccable popularity and stellar 20-calendar year career as a clinical professional.  He is a devoted spouse and children male.”

A spokesperson for the  V.A. did not respond to a ask for for comment emailed Friday afternoon.

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