MURRIETA – An Escondido doctor accused of sexually assaulting a patient during surgery at a Temecula hospital was charged today with multiple felony and misdemeanor counts.
John Francis McGuire of Carlsbad, 44, was arrested Wednesday morning and booked into the Southwest Detention Center in Murrieta, where he’s being held in lieu of $3 million bail.
McGuire is charged with two counts each of sexual penetration of an unconscious victim and sexual battery on a restrained person, as well as two misdemeanor charges of sexual exploitation by a physician.
He is slated to make his initial court appearance this afternoon at the Southwest Justice Center.
According to Riverside County sheriff’s Sgt. Dean Spivacke, the doctor came under suspicion last month following allegations by a woman who received an unspecified procedure at Temecula Valley Hospital. Her identity was not
disclosed, nor were any details regarding the alleged assault.
Sheriff’s detectives spent several weeks investigating the case and “uncovered evidence which supported the victim’s allegations,” Spivacke said.
McGuire was taken into custody without incident at his office. The ear, nose and throat specialist has a practice in the Graybill Medical Center at 225 E. Second Ave. in Escondido.
According to the California Medical Board, McGuire has been a practicing otolaryngologist since 2005. He graduated from the Georgetown University School of Medicine two years earlier.
State records showed no disciplinary actions or malpractice judgments against the defendant.