A surgeon to face 635 year-jail-term for stealing testicles from over 250 anesthetised patients
A 41-year-old surgeon from the Houston Methodist West Hospital, Jeremy Cornell has been arrested for illegally cutting and stealing testicles from over 250 patients he performs surgeries on.
According to the communication representative of FBI, Thomas Perry the FBI got the alert when nurses of the hospital became suspicious of the surgeon.
He said the FBI conducted a three year investigation and was revealed that the surgeon illegally harvested at least one testicle from each of his patients while performing delicate surgeries on men suffering from conditions relating to their bladder, urethra, or kidneys.
According to Mr Perry, Dr Cornell would dismiss the nurses and support staff or send them on red herring chase so he could be alone to harvest the organs.
“Some nurses reported simply being sent to get coffee, while others were ordered to go get specific types of medications which didn’t actually exist,” he said.
Mr Perry indicated that investigators believed the surgeon was selling the organs and were extremely surprised to find dozens of pickled testicles in glass jars when they searched his residence the morning they visited his house.
“Investigators found eight jars containing a total of 46 human testicles. That means there are at least 46 victims, but there could be more, we are not sure that is his entire collection,” Mr Perry said.
Investigators, he noted, believed the surgeon could have amputated the testicles of more than 250 men over the last decade.
For 13 years, the Doctor has been working as a urologist in different hospitals throughout Texas, before settling in Houston in April 2018.
Dr Cornell issue was forwarded to Court and already faced a total of 137 criminal charges including aggravated assault and battery occasioning bodily harm, felony mayhem, possession of stolen property and improper disposition of human body parts.
If found guilty on all charges, he would face a total of 635 years in jail, and the FBI expects the number of charges to double over the next few days.
His lawyer, Mr Charles Hewitt, demanded a psychiatric evaluation to determine if his client is fit to stand trial, claiming Dr Cornell “strange testicle fetishism suggests serious mental problems.”
If found fit by the psychiatric evaluation, Dr Cornell would appear before court early of December for the commencement of his trial.