A doctor who was found guilty of indecently assaulting two
young boys, who were the children of a family friend, has
been struck off.
Dr I admitted the charges in September last year and was
sentenced to 12 months home detention on each of the two
He was then referred to the Health Practitioners Disciplinary
Tribunal (HPDT), who released its decision today, saying his
actions were "morally, ethically and professionally
The then 65-year-old - who was granted permanent name
suppression, along with his victims -- had been a registered
doctor for more than 20 years when he indecently assaulted
the two brothers, who were aged 6 and 11 at the time, in
their own home.
Dr I had been staying at a friend's house following the
suicide of his adult son.
During the period of his offending in late 2012 and early
2013, he was suffering "an intense emotional disturbance",
after coming home from a holiday in mid 2012 to find his son
had taken his own life.
He became "profoundly depressed", suffered flashbacks of
cleaning the scene, and had suicidal thoughts himself, the
"It was because of these tragic events that a close friend
suggested that the practitioner might like to come and spend
time visiting at his family home with his two young boys, the
two victims," the decision said.
While he was staying at the family home he would creep into
the boys' bedrooms or into the bathroom while they were
showering and indecently assault them, the HPDT said.
"The offence relates to a health practitioner's core
professional obligation to avoid any unlawful sexual conduct
as it fundamentally undermines the trust and confidence that
the community must have in a health practitioner," the
"Sexual offending against young and vulnerable children under
the age of 12 years must always be regarded as morally,
ethically and professionally repugnant."
It said the offences were "at the more serious end of the
broad range of indecent acts" and "amongst the most serious
offending that this tribunal has to deal with".
"There is no doubt that this offending must adversely reflect
on his fitness to practise."
It ruled Dr I's registration as a medical practitioner be
cancelled, and that conditions should be imposed on him prior
to being able to re-apply. He was also censured and ordered
to pay costs of about $6000.
- By Patrice Dougan of APNZ