Doctor charged in alleged sexual assault of female patients

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An Ontario doctor has been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault investigation.

Toronto Police say a number of alleged offences, including sexual assault, sexual exploitation and sexual interference were linked to Dr. Robert Spencer Rose.

Toronto Police say the doctor, who remains in custody, was previously a clinical registrar and internal medicine specialist at the University of Toronto.

None of the allegations have been proven in court.

Calls to Rose’s home in Whitby on Thursday afternoon were not answered.

Police say Rose was originally arrested for allegedly masturbating in front of a 16-year-old girl while she was hitchhiking near Eglinton Avenue West and Scarborough Road in Toronto.

“The investigation alleged that over the last several months (Rose) would approach (the girl) from behind and have illicit sexual contact with her,” said Cpl. Gina Di Gennaro, from Toronto Police Service’s Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Unit.

“The suspect claimed to be a doctor and was connected to a local private clinic,” Di Gennaro said.

She said some of the alleged sexual assaults were against minors.

Another woman alleges Rose sexually assaulted her when she was on her way to school in Nov. 2016.

“From day one we suspected him and after an autopsy … we couldn’t find any evidence to support (that the victim) was sexually assaulted. In an autopsy a lot of evidence can be skipped through, we wanted a hard path there,” Di Gennaro said.

She said she had a hard time supporting the theory.

“When we sent her records to Forensic Pathology and they couldn’t find any evidence to support that he did it, we really thought this wasn’t happening, we were wrong. We needed more evidence. So we ran some additional tests, lots of other people too have done other tests and we are still not certain.”

Di Gennaro said two other women came forward Thursday and they did not come forward until later after hearing of Rose’s arrest.

She said one woman alleged Rose drugged her.

One of the alleged victims declined to provide a statement to police, but confirmed to the Globe and Mail that Rose had inappropriately touched her a number of times when she was 17.

“She said that he sat in a chair with her in his office and engaged in sexual contact with her when she was drunk,” the Globe and Mail reported.

The doctor’s colleague, Dr. Ronald Wieners, told CBC News that he’s working with him as he goes through the legal process.

“My experience with Dr. Rose over many years has been that he is a very empathetic physician and a very good physician, and that’s one of the main reasons I’m here working with him now as he goes through the legal process,” Wieners said.

Di Gennaro said the investigation continues, but charges are pending.

-With files from Canadian Press

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