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Additional sex assault charges filed against man accused of posing as surgeon

Dario Moscoso charged with nine criminal counts, including sexual battery and posing as a plastic surgeon
Posted at 1:38 PM, Mar 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 16:38:58-05

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - Prosecutors filed nearly a dozen new charges today against the owner of a Del Mar cosmetic surgery center, who allegedly posed as a plastic surgeon and inappropriately touched four patients.

Dario Moscoso, 67, now faces 20 felony and misdemeanor counts, including sexual battery, treating the sick/afflicted without a certificate, and use of terms and letters falsely indicating right to practice medicine, for allegedly representing himself as a licensed cosmetic surgeon and inappropriately touching four women between 2017 and 2019.

He was initially charged last December with nine counts related to one woman, and at the time, the San Diego County District Attorney's Office had sought the public's help in locating additional victims.

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Prosecutors allege Moscoso, owner of the Del Mar Cosmetic Contouring Surgery Center, was performing procedures such as "Brazilian butt lifts'' and breast augmentation without being licensed to practice medicine.

The complaint alleges he falsely represented himself as a doctor as recently as Dec. 5 of last year. Deputy District Attorney Trisha Amador said that in addition to the victims' accounts, an undercover police officer also witnessed Moscoso falsely representing himself as a physician.

Moscoso, who remains out of custody on bail, pleaded not guilty to the new charges and was ordered by San Diego County Superior Court Judge Laura Halgren to stay away from the surgery center and not to engage in any type of employment at any medical clinic.

He's due back in court April 14 for a readiness conference. According to the defendant's attorney, the clinic ``is all but closed down'' at this point.