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A Winnipeg doctor is on trial accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a patient under the guise of medical treatment.
The 66-year-old accused, who CBC is not identifying by name, has pleaded not guilty to sexual assault for alleged offences committed between 1991 and 1994.
“This is not about medical care, but about a criminal act,” Crown attorney Danielle Simard told Justice Karen Simonsen as the trial began Monday.
Court heard the now 44-year-old alleged victim and her family immigrated to Winnipeg from Central America in 1991 and began seeing the doctor later that year.
The woman said she was having irregular periods and the accused provided her with a prescription for birth control.
‘He said we needed to meet again, just to make sure the pill was working. He said he needed to see me every month.’
– Alleged victim
“He said we needed to meet again, just to make sure the pill was working,” the woman testified. “He said he needed to see me every month.”
In the appointments that followed, the woman was asked to take off her clothes before the accused stimulated her vagina, the woman alleged.
The accused, who was not wearing gloves, “told me he had to collect the fluid to make sure I was ovulating,” the woman alleged.
The woman alleged the accused also touched her breasts and nipples during the examinations.
The accused told her she was ‘built to have multiple orgasms.’
– Alleged victim
The woman said the accused kept the overhead lights turned off during the examinations.
“He said he did that to keep me from feeling embarrassment,” the woman testified. “He said not to feel bad, it was what he needed to do.”
During one appointment, the woman alleged, the accused told her she was “built to have multiple orgasms.”
Escalated in 1994, she alleges
The woman said she continued to see the accused “almost every month” until an appointment in the spring of 1994…