an emergency doctor at Roanne hospital prosecuted for rape

An emergency doctor at the Roanne hospital (Loire) was indicted Thursday for rape of one of his patients, last December, AFP learned from a judicial source. The 45-year-old doctor was also indicted for attempted sexual assault at the home of the alleged victim, a fifty-something, to whom he visited three weeks later, last January.

“This indictment is accompanied by the aggravating circumstance that it is about a person having abused the authority conferred on him by his function”, declared to AFP the public prosecutor of Saint-Etienne, David Charmatz. This father, who denies the facts with which he is accused, was placed under judicial supervision, with a ban on leaving the national territory, to come into contact with the victim, to go to the town where she resides, to practice at the Roanne hospital center and an obligation of care. “The prosecution will appeal to the investigating chamber of the Lyon Court of Appeal of the refusal of his imprisonment by the judge of freedoms and detention”, added David Charmatz.

The magistrate clarified that in light of the facts reported, he was going elsewhere “Request the reopening of an investigation”, which in April 2014 ended with a dismissal, following complaints about identical facts alleged against the practitioner. Last January, the alleged victim, taken in charge on December 13 by the respondent in the emergency room of the Roanne hospital center, had filed a complaint against him, claiming to have felt pain in the vagina after a moment of drowsiness. She had indicated that the person concerned had gone three weeks later to his home, located about thirty kilometers from Roanne, where he would have undertaken touching before she pushed him away.

The emergency doctor, arrested Tuesday at his home by investigators from the research brigade of the Roanne gendarmerie, only admitted to having gone to his patient because he “was concerned about his state of health”, he said. -on specified from the same source.

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