Woman accuses local doctor of sexual misconduct

Posted at 12:25 PM, Apr 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-08 18:00:20-04

SAN MARCOS, Calif. - A local woman said she got the shock of her life while in her doctor's office in the North County.

"I was not prepared for this at all because this was my doctor," said Michelle.

Michelle's ordeal began in July 2013, during her first visit with her new primary care doctor, Dr. Manuel Tanguma at Graybill Medical Group in San Marcos.

"He took both my hands in both of his hands and tried to be consoling and reassuring," said Michelle.

Michelle -- a widow in her 70s and suffering a urinary tract infection -- told 10News that Tanguma was reassuring and asked some strange sexual questions, but she wasn't alarmed.

"I thought it was a medical question, really," said Michelle.

On her third visit, Michelle said after she told him about a recent hospitalization, he wheeled his stool toward her: "He took my hands in his and kissed me on the lips … I was paralyzed."

She said he told her she was beautiful.

"He said, 'You're making him feel like I'm in high school,'" said Michelle.

She told 10News she could hardly believe what happened next.

"Then he stood up, unzipped his trousers, pulled out his erect penis and asked me to touch it," Michelle said.

Michelle said she told him no, and Tanguma abruptly left.

She said after another similar encounter, she reported it to the hospital and was told more than a month later he had been fired.

Michelle just filed suit against Tanguma and the medical group.

"The Medical Board is doing an investigation into Dr. Tanguma. Same MO as with my client," said Michelle's attorney Jessica Pride.

10News tracked down the separate complaint filed by the state Medical Board's executive director.

In that complaint, a different patient lists a series of allegations. Among them: she was kissed and touched inappropriately in 2013.

Michelle said it's time for Tanguma to lose his title. She also claims Tanguma failed to diagnose her diabetes.

"He was so busy with his sexual agenda he didn't diagnose her properly," said Pride.

A Medical Board spokesperson declined to say if they plan to refer a criminal case to the district attorney's office.

A hearing to decide if Tanguma will keep his license is set for July.

A Graybill Medical Group spokesperson said Tanguma wasn't fired, but did resign in November 2015.

The medical group issued this statement:

"Dr. Tanguma resigned from our Group in November 2015. We feel very strongly about providing our patients with a safe environment and all Graybill physicians and staff are deeply disappointed in learning of his conduct."

10News tried to reach Tanguma, but have not heard back.