New Zealand dentist guilty of sex charge, claims sedative caused sexual hallucinations

A NEW Zealand dentist has been found guilty of making a female patient touch him sexually while she was sedated.

However, the South Island dentist is still practising and has interim name suppression until the tribunal decides what penalties to impose, The Press said today.  The Dentists Disciplinary Tribunal found the man guilty of professional misconduct over the 2001 incident in which the dentist made her touch his penis.

Two similar complaints against the dentist, relating to incidents in 1984 and 1989, were not upheld because of lack of proof.  New Zealand Dental Association chief executive David Crum said the case was “extremely unusual” and there were “good reasons” why the man’s name suppression remained.

The tribunal can stop the dentist from practising and impose a fine of up to $NZ5000 ($3990).  The dentist declined to comment but confirmed he was still practising, according to local reports. A decision on the penalty is more than a month away, they said.

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