A Fresno doctor is facing several felony counts of sexual misconduct-related charges, the Fresno County District Attorney’s Office confirmed Friday.
On March 8, Dr. Tou Choua Vang, 45, was charged with four felony counts of sexual penetration by force and one felony count of sexual battery by restraint.
He pled not guilty to all five charges, according to court documents.
In an official complaint, documented by the Medical Board of California, eight causes for discipline were noted, one of which described the sexual misconduct-related accusations.
On Feb. 12, 2017, a 28-year-old woman came in to see Vang at Vang Children’s Urgent Care for a possible urinary tract infection (UTI). Documents say she tested positive for a UTI, but Vang suggested she may also have a sexually-transmitted infection (STI).
Vang also allegedly suggested he check her breasts for a rash and discharge, which he said may be related to a STI.
Court documents read, “The patient protested, but respondent proceeded to lift the patient’s shirt anyway. Respondent told the patient that she did not have a rash. Then respondent began to lift the patient’s bra over her breasts, saying that he ‘needed to see.’ The patient asked why, and respondent replied that he was checking for sexually transmitted disease.“
A female chaperone was not in the room during the alleged encounter.
After Vang left the room, the document says he returned and asked the woman if she thought she had Chlamydia. She said no, but he began to examine her vaginal area after undressing her.
The patient reportedly said, “No, no, no,“ but he continued to examine her.
According to the complaint, the standard of care requires that a male physician, conducting a physical examination of a female patient’s breasts and genitalia, have a female chaperone present. He must also allow for the patient to remove their own clothing, use stirrups and fully inform the patient of the reason for the exam. A doctor must also obtain the patient’s permission “to proceed, to be gentle, and to stop when requested by the patient.“
Vang’s failure to do any of the above, collectively and individually, represent instances of gross negligence, the document reads.
As of March 22, 2019, Vang’s medical license was restricted to seeing female patients once a third-party chaperone is in place. He must also pay for the chaperone to assist in his appointments.
The other complaints filed against Vang include: Repeated negligent acts, incompetence, dishonest or corrupt acts, alteration of medical record, aiding and abetting unlicensed practice, recording keeping, corporate practice of medicine and inadequate recordkeeping.
If Vang is convicted of his charges, he must register as a sex offender. The DA’s office says he could face up to 32 years in state prison.
The urgent care center where he worked is closed, according to their website.