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    Santa Cruz Surgeon Facing Sex Charges Loses Medical License
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    File photo of James Kohut in court in 2017.

    A Northern California surgeon facing charges that he sexually abused children has lost his medical license.

    The Santa Cruz Sentinel reported on Tuesday that the state medical board revoked 58-year-old James Kohut's license effective June 1. Kohut's bail terms had already barred him from practicing medicine.

    Kohut and two women were arrested last year on suspicion of running a child-sex ring after investigators say they found video images implicating all three. Kohut is facing 48 felony charges.

    He has pleaded not guilty. 

    Several women who had relationships with Kohut said he wanted to have children with them to create "taboo families where the parents raise their children sexually," Assistant District Attorney Steven Moore said in court documents.

    Moore said women identified in the documents only by their initials said Kohut "has a specific desire to have sex with a mother and a daughter." Moore also wrote that Kohut pressured the women to find children for him to abuse.

    Several women who had relationships with Kohut said he wanted to have children with them to create "taboo families where the parents raise their children sexually," Assistant District Attorney Steven Moore said in court documents.

    Moore said women identified in the documents only by their initials said Kohut "has a specific desire to have sex with a mother and a daughter." Moore also wrote that Kohut pressured the women to find children for him to abuse.

    A judge set bail for Kohut last summer at $6.45 million, and he remains at Santa Cruz County Jail.

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