Doctor's name secret in molestation case
An Auckland doctor who admitted to molesting two boys has had his name suppressed.
The GP, in his 60s, has admitted two charges of indecent assault against the victims, who were aged 11 and 7 at the time. His lawyer, David Jones, QC, indicated his client would be seeking permanent name suppression after he is sentenced next month.
Though the doctor pleaded guilty to only two counts, they were representative charges, covering several incidents between November 2012 and February 2013. It is understood the victims were not patients of the man and the incidents did not happen during his medical duties.
Medical Council of New Zealand chief executive Philip Pigou said the doctor was not currently practising.
"We are aware of this situation and have been working with the employer to ensure the health and safety of the public is protected while the police investigate the charges," Pigou said. "The Medical Council has various powers to address any concerns about doctors."
Once a doctor is convicted of a criminal offence, the courts are required by law to advise the Medical Council of the conviction. Before a conviction, the police, the doctor's employer, or the doctor will often advise the council of charges laid.
The Auckland doctor's employer - Auckland District Health Board - refused to comment on individual employees' situations.
When the charges were laid, in May, the Sunday Star-Times visited the man at home but his wife said he was too emotionally unwell to discuss the matters. She confirmed he was "undergoing treatment".
The maximum penalty for indecent assault is seven years' imprisonment.
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