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Few things can strike as much fear into the heart of a professional as allegations of misconduct. Simply continuing to conduct business in a normal manner may prove very difficult once a claim or claims of inappropriate behaviour have been made. A doctor who practices just west of Toronto now faces charges of sexual assault, as well as restrictions on his practice.
In August of this year, Hamilton police were investigating a woman’s claim that she had been sexually assaulted in June by a local neurologist. During the course of the investigation, a second woman came forward and made a similar accusation. Police report that a complaint was first made to the College of Physicians and Surgeons before being made to them.
As a result of the complaint, the College placed restrictions on the 48-year-old’s practice. He is now required to have supervision from an approved female healthcare worker if he’s seeing a female patient. He is also required to post a sign stating the restriction. Additionally, Hamilton Police charged him with two counts of sexual assault on Nov. 30.
For this man, it may be difficult to regain his professional credibility regardless of the outcome of the investigation and any legal proceedings. Nonetheless, it will be important to prepare a strong defence for what lies ahead. For any man or woman charged with sexual assault, no matter their profession, taking immediate steps to defend against the charges may increase his or her chances of a successful outcome. Legal assistance from a criminal defence lawyer in Toronto may be very beneficial in this process.
Source: The Spec, “Hamilton neurologist charged with sex assault“, Molly Hayes, Dec. 1, 2016