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Doctor filmed sexual violence against male patients on his phone


By Go Loskarpat News - 08.03.2024 - [UKRAINE] - From the actions of the doctor, it is already known about 10 male victims who were sexually abused in an unconscious state.

An endoscopist at the Irshava City Hospital in Zakarpattia is suspected of committing sexual violence against patients when they were unconscious.

The incident was reported by journalist and lawyer of the Zakarpattia Legal Aid Center Roman Kelemen, and the police confirmed the information in a comment to Ukrainska Pravda. Life".

Now there are 10 victims in the case, and all of them are men. They appealed to law enforcement officers themselves. The police informed the doctor of suspicion. The court has already chosen a measure of restraint for him - night house arrest. According to human rights activist Kelemen, the doctor used medications that rendered patients unconscious, and then filmed the sexual assault on a phone camera. He kept photos of naked patients on his phone, and also allegedly put them on the avatar of contacts.

Law enforcement officers did find photos of the victims in the doctor's phone. "In January alone, the doctor took 260 photos of sexual abuse of patients. He was exposed by accident by one of his colleagues and then a patient went to the police station," Kelemen writes.

The suspect himself no longer works in a medical facility. And in a comment to Zaxid.net, the hospital management said that all the staff were shocked when they learned about the abuse of patients.

The police opened criminal proceedings under Parts 1 and 2 of Article 153 of the Criminal Code (Repeated sexual violence). If the court proves the doctor's guilt, he faces 7 years behind bars.

At the same time, Roman Kelemen called on the Irshava hospital to conduct an official investigation and identify who from the administration was supposed to control the provision of medical services. "This doctor has worked in our medical facility all his life, for 30 years. He is an endoscopist. Under anesthesia, anesthetics, he checks the stomach of patients with an endoscope. He never showed such inclinations, he was quiet and calm," Serhiy Karaslay, director of the Irshava District Hospital, told reporters. If you have been affected by any of the issues raised in this article, you can contact Dignity4Patients, whose helpline is open Monday to Thursday 10am to 4pm.

 
 

Dignity4Patients Commentary: Rarely do individuals who engage in sexual abuse reveal their true nature until they are apprehended. The absence of outward signs or a calm demeanour does not negate the possibility of them being capable of committing acts of sexual violence. It is crucial to have proper governance and controls in place to reduce the chances of such individuals harming patients.

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