Wangaratta doctor charged with sexual assault involving patient, other victims identified
A Victorian GP has been charged with sexual assault after allegedly recording an intimate physical examination of a female patient — and police say they have identified more victims, whom they will notify this week.
The woman complained to police after attending the Ely St clinic in Wangaratta for what police described as a “female health test” in October, 2017.
The patient claimed the doctor had not used surgical gloves during the test, and she alleged she noticed what appeared to be camera equipment in the room.
The 68-year-old GP was suspended in November after police seized camera and computer equipment from his home and office.
The doctor was charged on Monday with sexual assault and capturing an intimate image.
He was released on bail and is due to appear in Wangaratta Magistrates’ Court on September 10.
Other victims ‘may be unaware’
Police said further investigations had identified more alleged victims, all of whom were women from the Wangaratta area
Victoria Police Acting Superintendent Joy Arbuthnot said those women would be contacted by police this week.
“I understand this will be incredibly difficult for our victims to hear,” Acting Superintendent Arbuthnot said in a statement.
“We are working with a range of other agencies to ensure the right support services are in place and they are given as much information as possible about the process from here.
“Wangaratta is a small community and we have someone who has been working in a position of trust for many years involved in this matter.
“It is likely that there are other victims who, again, may be unaware the offence has occurred.
“I’d encourage anyone who attended this clinic and believes there was anything unusual about their interaction with their GP to contact Crime Stoppers.”
Police said they did not believe the images were shared and there was no evidence to suggest any other staff member was involved.