A doctor who has ties to San Diego has been accused of secretly installing a camera in a hospital restroom. Investigative reporter Austin Grabage from abc10 news discovered that the doctor is no longer allowed to practice medicine in California, but was still working in Florida until team 10 started asking questions. As technology advances, people are becoming more inventive and, in some cases, engaging in disgusting activities.
Attorney Paul Starita, who has represented victims filmed on hidden cameras, provided his insight on the matter. The doctor in question had a San Diego address and is accused of placing a camera in an employee restroom. Starita believes that although this incident may not be classified as a sexual assault, the invasion of privacy is so severe that people often underestimate its impact on the victims. The Medical Board of California alleges that Dr.
Ammer Hajir installed the camera at the Arrowhead Regional Medical Center in San Bernardino in 2020. The doctor reportedly admitted to hospital staff that he installed the camera. The medical board subpoenaed him, but he failed to attend an interview. It is claimed that his actions breached the rules and ethical code of the medical profession.
Although Dr. Hajir’s LinkedIn profile states that he practices in Escondido, his medical license in California is no longer valid.
The medical board spokesperson stated that his license was canceled in 2020 after he left a residency program. This is the same year he confessed to installing the hidden camera. Team 10 discovered that the doctor has been working in Florida, where his license is still valid. He was employed by the AOLA Community Health Services, and his name was listed on their website.
It is common for physicians to hold licenses in multiple states, even if their ability to practice is restricted in one state. Parent organizations often take disciplinary action based on the decisions of a medical board in another state. This lengthy process exposes patients, other states, and future employers to potential risks. The San Bernardino District Attorney’s office reviewed the case but found insufficient evidence to file criminal charges.
Starita emphasizes that being filmed on a hidden camera can have lasting traumatic effects on the victims, as it violates their dignity. Dr.
Hajir and his attorney have not responded to requests for comments. The Florida Medical Group that employed him terminated his contract, although the reason is unknown.
They also did not disclose whether they were aware of the hidden camera incident or his revoked medical license in California. This report was compiled by Austin Grabish for Team 10..