Patients come forward with claims against doctor

Posted at 10:45 PM, Apr 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-16 01:45:18-04

More women have come forward with claims that a trip to a local doctor's office turned into a nightmare.

Last week, 10News broke the story of Dr. Manuel Tanguma, who is now facing a state Medical Board complaint and a lawsuit.

After she saw that story, Melissa contacted 10News.

It's still hard for Melissa to talk about her trip to Graybill Medical Group in San Marcos in January 2015. She was there for a physical with her new doctor, Tanguma.

"It was uncomfortable and awkward," said Melissa.

Melissa said Tanguma zeroed in on one topic -- her sex life -- before staring at her.

"The sexual innuendo was loud and clear. He looked at me and said, 'I would love to do your pap smear,'" said Melissa.

Soon after, she said he made another offer.

"With hands like this, [he said] I would love to do your breast exam," said Melissa, making a squeezing gesture with both hands.

Melissa never allowed it, and she said after several more visits for referrals, she stopped seeing him and filed a complaint with the state Medical Board.

More than four years before her visits, Kimberly was at her first visit with Tanguma, needing treatment for a serious medical condition.

She said as she sat in a room for a test, he walked in.

"All of a sudden, there was his head poking in the door. He said, 'Oh, I thought I was going to catch you with boobs hanging out,'" said Kimberly.

Weeks later, during another visit, she said he came into his office, greeted her and then this: "He sat down with his legs spread apart and took his penis out and proceeded to sit there with his legs spread eagle, touching it and moving it around," said Kimberly.

Kimberly said she froze, even as he typed away and casually asked her questions for several minutes about her condition and medications, before zipping up and leaving.

She said she saw him for years because she feared he would cut off her treatment. She said his behavior didn't stop.

"You just block everything out and become numb to it," said Kimberly.

Kimberly and Melissa are two of three women that contacted 10News after the April 8 story.

"I would like him to stop practicing. I would like him to never ever do this to another woman again," said Kimberly.

"Their stories are similar. They were there for serious medical conditions. The facts do suggest Dr. Tanguma was picking women in a vulnerable state," said attorney Jessica Pride.

Pride now represents four women in a lawsuit that alleges sexual harassment and battery against Tanguma.

A separate case filed by the Medical Board on behalf of another woman will determine if he keeps his license.

A hearing is set for July.

A Medical Board spokesperson declined to comment on a possible criminal case.

In a statement, Graybill Medical Group said they were "deeply disappointed" in learning of his conduct, confirming he resigned in November 2015, after 7 years.

Records show Tanguma has since been hired by North County Health Services, which said it would release a statement.

10News has learned Tanguma is in the middle of a divorce and has a 4-year-old son.

10News also reached out to Tanguma's lawyer, but haven't heard back.