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Illicit CP - February 1996


Los Angeles Times, 8 February 1996

Lawsuit Says Doctor Spanked Two Female Office Employees

By Geoff Boucher
Special to The Times

SANTA ANA -- Two former employees of a Mission Viejo doctor contend in a lawsuit filed this week that he repeatedly forced them to submit to spankings before receiving their paychecks.

Jennifer Lee F*******, 25, of Mission Viejo and Nichole Dawn Swanson, 24, of Vista filed suit in Orange County Superior Court seeking damages in excess of $250,000 for lost wages and emotional suffering.

The two women say Dr. Robert W. Tom, 58, spanked and harassed them throughout their 10-month employment as office assistants in his general practice.

Tom did not return calls to his office Tuesday and his attorney could not be reached for comment.

The suit contends that Tom used spanking to discipline the two women for what he considered lapses in job performance. The women's attorney, Dirk Bruinsma, said Tuesday that the women told their parents, who called authorities. Orange County sheriff's deputies removed the women's possessions from the office, but no charges resulted from an investigation into the allegations, according to Sheriff's Lt. Ron Wilkerson.

Tom has been licensed to practice in California since February 1970 and has no past discipline record or pending accusations, according to Candis Cohen, spokeswoman for the Medical Board of California.

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blob Note by C.F.: Surname redacted by special request to avoid this item being found on search engines by people searching for that person in the present day. I am very uneasy about rewriting history in this way, but the item can still be seen in full at the Los Angeles Times archive.

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