SANTA CRUZ >> Arizona nurse Emily Stephens faces two new charges of copulation or penetration with a child younger than 10 in a sexual abuse case involving three medical professionals, including a Santa Cruz brain surgeon and a Watsonville nurse, according to court documents.
Charging documents filed Aug. 4 accuse Stephens, 30, of copulating or penetrating a girl and a boy, both younger than 10, Jan. 1 to May 1. The charges were filed in Santa Cruz County.
The charges stem from still images taken from a video, according to the complaint filed by Assistant District Attorney Johanna Schonfield.
Stephens remains at Pima County Jail in Tucson, Arizona, without bail after multiple times spent in the jail and at the jail’s infirmary, according to jail records. A jail official said an inmate may end up in the infirmary for numerous reasons. Inmates in the infirmary are monitored closely.
An investigation report by Pima County Sheriff’s Department includes witness statements saying Stephens is pregnant.
Stephens faces nine felonies in connection with a molestation in Santa Cruz County, according to court documents.
No local court date has been set for Stephens, who is contesting extradition, or transfer, to Santa Cruz County, Assistant District Attorney Steven Moore said.
Kohut faces 11 felonies linked to raping children.
Chief Deputy Steve Carney, of Santa Cruz County Sheriff’s Office, said although Kohut has appeared to be thin at his court hearings, jail staff members have monitored the inmate’s weight once or twice weekly. He said the doctor hasn’t lost much weight.
“He continues to be housed in a special-needs housing unit, which has a higher level of oversight with more frequent checks on him,” Carney said. “We are meeting all of his needs.”
Rashel Brandon, the third defendant in the child rape case, used to work as a nurse with Kohut and she remains at Santa Cruz County Jail. Her bail was set at $500,000. Brandon, 43, faces eight felonies linked with raping children in Santa Cruz County.
Brandon and Kohut are scheduled to appear for their next hearing 8:15 a.m. Sept. 6 in Santa Cruz County Superior Court.
FINDLAY - A Fremont woman who police say raped a taxi driver in Findlay during a robbery pleaded guilty to an amended charge of gross sexual imposition and robbery.
In April, Brittany S. Carter, 24, was charged with first-degree felony rape and aggravated robbery charges by the Findlay Police Department. Officials said Carter performed a sexual act on a taxi driver while Corey L. Jackson, held a knife at the male cab driver.
Prior to her jury trial, which was scheduled for Monday, Carter pleaded guilty Friday to amended charges of gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony, and third-degree robbery charges amended from first-degree felony aggravated robbery charges.
Findlay Police Lieutenant Robert Ring said Jackson was arrested on an arrest warrant out of Lima in June and has since been charged with aggravated robbery for his role in the incident.
Ring told the News-Messenger in April that he believes Carter performed the sex act on the cab driver while she and Jackson stole $32 from the cab driver.
The driver, from Trinity Express Cab Service, reported the incident after it happened around 4:24 a.m. Jan. 28 in the 200 block of Larkins Street in Findlay.
Ring said the driver was not injured during the incident.
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