Self-prescribing doc found guilty of sexual assault

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A doctor has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a patient, months after his conviction for self-prescribing pain medication

Mainstream media including the ABC report that the 26-year-old female patient went to see the Brisbane doctor in October 2018 about vomiting and diarrhoea.

The Brisbane District Court heard that the doctor had slapped the woman’s bottom, asked her how often she and her husband had sex, and touched her genitals with his bare hand, including digitally raping her.

He pleaded not guilty to these charges.

While he was on bail for this offence – he was originally charged with rape and sexual assault, but the rape charge was changed to a sexual assault charge during the trial, and the original sexual assault charge not prosecuted – police searched his house.

This took place after a pharmacist declined to dispense “suspicious” scripts.

In July, the doctor was convicted on 21 charges including 18 fraud charges around scripts for analgesics.

Before the jury gave its verdict at the Brisbane District Court on the sexual assault charge, the Court heard about this conviction and how the doctor had been self-prescribing pain relief for a back injury.

The doctor had been obtaining pain medication for himself by writing the names of his patients on prescriptions.

However, the patients concerned said that these medicines had never been prescribed for them.

The doctor is set to be sentenced for the sexual assault early next month. He currently has conditions on his registration which are not publically available, though the Queensland Office of the Health Ombudsman has imposed conditions including that he must not have contact with female patients.

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