May 30 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Police Department is investigating more than 50 complaints of misconduct from former patients of former University of Southern California gynecologist George Tyndall.
Police, who estimate Tyndall saw about 10,000 patients over his 30-year career at USC, made an appeal for women to come forward with accusations. Since last month, more than 410 have contacted a university hotline about Tyndall.
According to the LAPD, Tyndall's examinations at the student health center "appear to go beyond the norms" of gynecological procedures and medical practice.
"We sincerely realize that victims may have difficulty recounting such details to investigators," LAPD Asst. Chief Beatrice Girmala said. "We are empathetic and ready to listen."
Police said Tuesday they are investigating complaints from 52 former patients.
At least 27 women have filed a civil lawsuit against USC over the accusations of misconduct, which say Tyndall used racist language.
Tyndall, who's denied the accusations, was allowed to resign last year with a financial payout and has said, "patients sometimes fabricate stories."
Witnesses told the Los Angeles Times Tyndall had frequently made inappropriate remarks about patients' anatomy and sex lives and touched them inappropriately during breast and pelvic exams.
Last week, USC President C. L. Max Nikias agreed to step down after current and former students signed an online petition demanding his resignation.