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Former Palo Alto VA cardiology chief indicted for sexual battery

John Giacomini faces 2 years in prison, $250K fine if convicted

The former cardiology chief of the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System who is accused of sexually abusing a doctor in 2017 made his first appearance in the case by telephone in San Jose federal court on Thursday.

A federal grand jury indicted Atherton resident John Giacomini, 71, of engaging in abusive sexual contact against a subordinate doctor during work at the hospital around December 2017, according to a press release issued Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Court documents show the indictment, which remains sealed, was filed on March 12.

If Giacomini is convicted of the abusive sexual contact charge, he faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Giacomini served as the chief of the Palo Alto VA's Cardiology Department for 30 years, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. He also served as a professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford Medical School, according to past press releases from the university. According to a report by the Palo Alto Daily Post, he was placed on leave after the school conducted an investigation based on a complaint filed against the doctor in June 2018. The university did not disclose the nature of the complaint or investigation.

Giacomini is currently released on a $200,000 bond and is being supervised by the United States Pretrial Services Office in San Jose. He is set to return to court for a status conference on July 7.

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Former Palo Alto VA cardiology chief indicted for sexual battery

John Giacomini faces 2 years in prison, $250K fine if convicted

by / Palo Alto Weekly

Uploaded: Fri, May 15, 2020, 9:23 am

The former cardiology chief of the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System who is accused of sexually abusing a doctor in 2017 made his first appearance in the case by telephone in San Jose federal court on Thursday.

A federal grand jury indicted Atherton resident John Giacomini, 71, of engaging in abusive sexual contact against a subordinate doctor during work at the hospital around December 2017, according to a press release issued Thursday by the U.S. Attorney's Office. Court documents show the indictment, which remains sealed, was filed on March 12.

If Giacomini is convicted of the abusive sexual contact charge, he faces a maximum sentence of two years in prison and a $250,000 fine.

Giacomini served as the chief of the Palo Alto VA's Cardiology Department for 30 years, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. He also served as a professor of cardiovascular medicine at Stanford Medical School, according to past press releases from the university. According to a report by the Palo Alto Daily Post, he was placed on leave after the school conducted an investigation based on a complaint filed against the doctor in June 2018. The university did not disclose the nature of the complaint or investigation.

Giacomini is currently released on a $200,000 bond and is being supervised by the United States Pretrial Services Office in San Jose. He is set to return to court for a status conference on July 7.

Comments

Jennifer
another community
on May 15, 2020 at 5:42 pm
Jennifer, another community
on May 15, 2020 at 5:42 pm
2 people like this

When it comes to abuse and crime, I guess education level doesn't matter. Life in prison without parole.


No Way Out Of This One
Adobe-Meadow
on May 16, 2020 at 9:09 am
No Way Out Of This One, Adobe-Meadow
on May 16, 2020 at 9:09 am
3 people like this

The documented evidence, university investigation results & subsequent prosecution by U.S. Attorney's office makes for a pretty strong case against this doctor.

Pleading guilty would be an admission of guilt & open the door for maximum sentencing guidelines.

Pleading not guilty would be time consuming & expensive (in terms of attorney fees) & if found guilty, the aforementioned sentencing protocols would be back in play.

Best bet is to plead no contest & go for a sentencing settlement between the judge and opposing attorneys.

Either way, his goose is cooked as the Palo Alto community has not forgotten the Turner/Persky incident.


Palo Alto community
Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 16, 2020 at 10:50 am
Palo Alto community, Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 16, 2020 at 10:50 am
1 person likes this

What Turner/Persky incident?


Jennifer
another community
on May 16, 2020 at 1:42 pm
Jennifer, another community
on May 16, 2020 at 1:42 pm
8 people like this

How many other victims are out there? I don't believe "alleged" sex offenders "strike once."


Midtown Local
Midtown
on May 16, 2020 at 9:02 pm
Midtown Local, Midtown
on May 16, 2020 at 9:02 pm
1 person likes this

"Palo Alto community": You must be new around here. Google "Turner Persky" and you'll get an eyeful. Brock Turner committed a serious sexual assault on the Stanford campus, Judge Persky gave him a super-light sentence, and Persky was recalled. It all went down in the last few years.


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