The Mercury News

Man posed as doctor to assault woman

34-year-old also tried to assault another woman

- By Mark Gomez mgomez@bayareanew­ Contact Mark Gomez at 408-920-5869.

REDWOOD CITY — A 34-year-old Modesto man pleaded no contest Monday to charges he posed as a doctor and sexually assaulted a woman at Sequoia Hospital, where he worked as a contract security supervisor, according to the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

Garry Chow also pleaded no contest to attempted sexual battery for his attempt to commit the same crime on a second woman, according to prosecutor­s.

Chow created an online ad for a modeling job in September 2015 and then posed as an agent when the victim, a 23year-old Vallejo woman, responded, according to Redwood City police. Over the phone, he told her that she needed to pass a medical exam as a condition of employment and directed her to the hospital at 170 Alameda de las Pulgas.

Chow met the victim on Sept. 10 in the parking garage at the hospital and, posing as a doctor, told her the exam would be conducted in a utility closet because the hospital was busy, according to police. The woman was sexually assaulted during the bogus procedure.

Chow then demanded $200 for the examinatio­n, according to prosecutor­s.

Chow tried the same scheme again on an 18year-old Santa Cruz woman at 3 p.m. on the same day. The woman grew suspicious when he told her the exam was going to be conducted in a utility room because the hospital was busy. She called police.

Chow pleaded no contest on the condition he will spend no more than three years in prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office. He is set to be sentenced Dec. 2.

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