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Tucson nurse charged with sex crimes against children as young as 3

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WATSONVILLE, Calif.- A Tucson woman is facing multiple charges for sex abuse crimes involving children as young as three years old. 

Emily Stephens, 29, was arrested on May 12 at her home in Tucson in connection with sex crimes committed in the state of California.

Dr. James Kohut, 57, of Santa Cruz, California and nurse Rashel Brandon, 42, of Watsonville, California, have also been arrested. 

In a news conference, Watsonville Police said the discovery of a videotape depicting sex acts with children led to the arrests. 

"It's very complex, very disturbing. Just in watching the video, I can tell you it was very disturbing. I have not seen a case like this in my career," Watsonville Police Capt. Jorge Zamora said.

Stephens worked as a traveling nurse, according to authorities. Brandon and Kohut were both employed at the same hospital in California at one point. Police would not comment on the exact relationship between the three, but said they all worked together in committing these crimes. Seven children are now in protective custody. At least three are victims of the suspects.


Stephens is facing five charges including: 

  • Lewd and lascivious acts, with force, with a child under 14
  • Sending harmful matter with intent to seduce a minor
  • Specific sex acts with a child under 10
  • Specific sex acts with child under 14 
  • Specific sex acts with force with a child under 14

She is currently being held in the Pima County Adult Detention Center without bond. She's reportedly fighting extradition to California.

Authorities say it's unclear whether Stephens will face any charges in the state of Arizona. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is asked to contact the Watsonville Police Department. 

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