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Doctor Faces Lewd Conduct Charges

Novato police arrested a Santa Rosa surgeon and allege that he intended on meeting a 13-year-old girl for sex.

A Santa Rosa doctor faces a felony charge of sending sexually explicit messages to a 13-year-old Novato girl and was arrested when he made an attempt to meet her, Novato police said Tuesday.

Dr. Raymond Severt, a 53-year-old hand surgeon who works out of two offices in Santa Rosa, was arrested Monday and awaits to see whether the Marin County District Attorney's office pursues a felony charge of attempted lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14, according to the Marin County Jail booking log.

Novato police Det. Sgt. Mike Howard said investigators looked into allegations Monday that a man had sent explicit messages to a 13-year-old Novato girl and had arranged to meet her. Officers arrested him without incident at 6:14 p.m. in the Crossroads neighborhood near the intersection of South Novato Boulevard and Gateway Court, Howard said.

According to an American Medical Association database, Severt is a hand surgeon who graduated from the UCLA School of Medicine in 1986. He completed his residency at the UCLA Medical Center and is certified as a surgeon in California and Texas. He works out of two offices in Santa Rosa that are affiliated with Sutter Health, according to a Sutter Health website. The Santa Rosa Orthopedics website said Severt is a member of the American Society for Surgery of the Hand, and is a Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons.

Severt also faces misdemeanor charges of attempting to annoy or molest a child under age 18 and attempt to contact a minor with the intent of committing a sexual offense. His bail was set at $10,000, and he was no longer at the jail by Tuesday morning.

Gram February 12, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Wonder who and how the Police were alerted? Good work, NPD!
Keith S. February 12, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Alert his work and inform them about this pervert! We need to post his picture. He is a sick person who needs to be brought out into the open.
Avanti Monty February 12, 2013 at 07:05 PM
Doctors , Priests ,Policeman ,Coaches, Teachers people that are trusted and respected who violate their oaths of office and use their positions in society to become "proven" sexual predators should be tagged and tattooed as unfit human beings . Then sent to a desert island without living standards and rules they can then prey on each other in a living hell . Stop with the appeals attorneys, sympathizers and warm jail cells . Id like to write how I really feel but it would end up as inappropriate
T.Sprocket February 12, 2013 at 08:40 PM
Old N. Grouchy is no excuse for deplorable spelling, punctuation and grammar.
Novato Native February 13, 2013 at 12:21 AM
First, in America, a defendant is assumed innocent until proven guilty. Second, it should be an open and shut case if the DA decides to prosecute. If the DA doesn't prosecute the felony charge, he won't have to register as a sex offender and his privacy should be respected. Until then, please stow the torches and pitchforks.

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