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North County Doctor Contracted by VA Faces Sex Assault Charges

A North County doctor contracted to evaluate patients for the Department of Veterans Affairs is facing sex assault charges from multiple female patients.

At least one of the alleged assaults occurred at the QTC Medical Group in Oceanside where Dr. Edgar Manzanera worked.

According to a complaint filed last Friday, Dr. Manzanera was alone with one woman when she was asked to strip to her underwear and put on a loose-fitting gown. The accuser's attorney says "there was no medical reason" for her to disrobe given the evaluation she was getting.

The claim also notes the doctor told her to hold her gown higher until it was over her head and "maliciously and offensively" touched her, leaving "scratches and bruises" on her body.

Manzanera also faces assault accusations from three other female patients.

At last check, the Medical Board of California has not taken any disciplinary actions against Manzanera and his license is still in effect until August next year. The District Attorney’s office said his license will be addressed at his arraignment Wednesday afternoon in Vista.

Because the charges relate to veteran patients, they’re also being investigated by the VA's Office of Inspector General and the Medical Board of California.

Neither agency is commented on the case.

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