Tuesday, September 9, 2008

Doctor to face court on mutilation charges

Former New South Wales doctor Graeme Reeves will face a Sydney court today, charged with 17 offences relating to the sexual abuse and mutilation of 10 female patients.

The 58-year-old was banned from practising obstetrics in 1997, but was employed to work at Pambula and Bega hospitals in 2002.

Police say since then, 113 women have come forward saying they were sexually abused or mutilated while in his care.

This morning, detectives arrested the former doctor at his home in Baulkham Hills, in Sydney's north west, after seizing medical records in a raid of a storage facility at Gladesville earlier this month.

Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec has praised those who have helped the police investigation.

"I must say it's been encouraged by the strength of the victims involved who have been asked to provide information to police to what's been a very traumatic experience," he said.

Detective Superintendent Kerlatec says it has been a long and complex investigation where detectives had to determine which allegations involved medical misconduct and which were possibly criminal offences.

Reeves will face Parramatta Local Court later today.


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