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Certain professions require a person to deal with others at an atypical level of intimacy. Individuals with such careers may find themselves in potentially compromising situations, situations in which some may perceive a breach of trust has occurred. An Ontario doctor stands accused of sexual assault after a patient felt such a breach took place.
Toronto Police were notified on Sept. 6, 2016 of an alleged sexual assault. A 48-year old woman went for treatment at the 200 Bay Street office of an orthopedic surgeon. In her statement, the woman claims the doctor sexually assaulted her during the course of her visit. No details as to the nature of the assault were released.
The accused is a 33-year old Mississauga man, and is a 2009 graduate of the University of Toronto. He was arrested and charged following the complaint. The police are concerned there may be other potential victims, so they chose to release the accused’s photograph to the public. He will appear in court at Toronto’s Old City Hall on Oct. 19, 2016.
From both a professional and a personal standpoint, the accused doctor is in a bad situation. Even if he avoids conviction, the mere allegation of sexual assault can be very damaging to a person’s life. A man or woman who has been accused of sexual assault, or any violent crime, may face a potentially life-changing struggle. Partnering with a criminal defense firm in Toronto is an excellent way to begin to deal with the challenge of a legal battle to preserve one’s reputation.
Source: Mississauga News, “Police release photograph of Mississauga doctor accused of sexually assaulting female patient“, Louie Rosella, Sept. 9, 2016