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Doctor abused friends' young sons

08:30 Sat Aug 30 2014
AAP
A doctor recovering from the suicide of his adult son was offered accommodation by his friends and then went on to abuse their young sons.
A doctor recovering from the suicide of his adult son was offered accommodation by his friends and then went on to abuse their young sons. (File)

A doctor with nearly 25 years' experience who sexually abused two young boys has been struck off but the door has been left open for him to resume practice.

The doctor, who has name suppression, has had his registration cancelled by the Health Practitioners Disciplinary Tribunal after he was convicted in a District Court of two counts of indecent assault against the boys and sentenced to 12 months' home detention.

He had already returned his practising certificate following the convictions.

In 2012, the 65-year-old's own son had committed suicide and the doctor had cleaned up the scene at home.

Because of his depression and flashbacks, his friends had invited them to stay at their house, where the offending occurred.

He then abused the friends' sons, aged six and 11, over four months.

The tribunal said the offences reflected adversely on the doctor's ability to practise.

"Sexual offending against young and vulnerable children under the age of 12 years must always be regarded as morally, ethically and professionally repugnant."

However, there were mitigating factors and the tribunal said that if the man wanted to re-register he must prove he has successfully completed psychological treatment, which would have to be independently verified.