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Surgeon is held on weapons, sex charges
By Carrie Peyton Dahlberg and Christina Jewett
-- Bee Staff Writers
A Carmichael plastic surgeon was being held on sex and weapons charges
Wednesday after police found an armor-penetrating rocket launcher,
machine guns and dozens of other weapons in his sprawling ranch home.
Published 8:27 pm PDT Wednesday, June 14, 2006
Dr. Scott Takasugi, known by neighbors for his
parties, dapper clothes and luxury car collection, was being
investigated for sexual exploitation of patients when the cache was
Federal and military investigators worked until
assessing and hauling out weapons. Among them were a live a
shoulder-fired battlefield weapon called a "LAW Rocket," along with
machine guns, guns equipped with laser sights or silencers and
thousands of rounds of ammunition, said Sacramento Sheriff's Sgt. Judd
The assortment went far beyond a recreational gun
collection, said Holiday, who supervises the county's bomb squad.
"When you start keeping things that can cause
death to a large number
of people, that's a different story," he said. Sheriff's spokesman R.L.
Davis said most officers would go an entire career without seeing such
a heavy-duty military weapon.
The doctor's attorney, John Panneton, declined to
collection, saying only "my client has a presumption of innocence. He
intends to plead not guilty to the charges, and he vigorously will
Holiday said he saw nothing in the house to
suggest that Takasugi had
plans to use the items against anyone, although the investigation is
Takasugi, 53, was arrested on 11 sex and weapon
suspicion of sexual exploitation by a physician, penetration by a
foreign object, unauthorized possession of a machine gun and possession
of a destructive device, said Davis. His bail was set Wednesday at $2
The doctor, who practiced at the Kaiser hospital
on Morse Avenue, had
not seen patients for more than a month as Kaiser investigated patient
complaints, said Kathleen McKenna, a spokeswoman for the health care
"We have begun the process to terminate the
physician and to report him
to the medical board. We apologize to the patients for his
inappropriate actions," she said in a prepared statement. Kaiser urged
patients with questions to call a special toll free number it has
Noel Ferris, a Sacramento attorney who said she
represents one of the
patients who complained about Takasugi, said Kaiser had known at least
since 2001 that there were issues with him.
"What happens in these settings is the guy has a
white coat on, and he
says he needs to do something for a medical reason. The patient has
such trust in these doctors," Ferris said. "And the patient goes
afterwards, 'was that weird? Was that strange?' "
Sheriff's officers urge women with complaints to
contact detectives at
874-5070. "We believe that there could be more victims out there," said
Takasugi is the son of a well-known south state
Takasugi, who had served as Oxnard mayor and a Republican assemblyman
representing the 37th district, including Thousand Oaks, Moorpark,
Camarillo, Oxnard and Port Hueneme.
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