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Doc convicted of rape may lose licence

David Landes · 7 Jan 2011, 10:02

Published: 07 Jan 2011 10:02 GMT+01:00

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According to Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen) the doctor was "extremely incompetent in the exercise of his profession and in other ways has shown that he is clearly inappropriate to carry on in the profession."

The victim first sought treatment for depression and burn out at a Stockholm-area psychiatric clinic in 2005 and started seeing the doctor in question early in 2006, according to court documents.

Shortly after treatment began, the doctor, who was 59 at the time, suggested that they continue their therapy sessions at the patient's home because the clinic was fully booked.

During sessions held at the home of the then-25-year-old woman, the doctor led "deep discussions" about why she had a hard time getting close to men.

He suggested the woman engage in "touch therapy" as a way to help her get in touch with repressed memories of past sexual abuse, going so far as to propose having sex with her to help her reminiscence.

While the woman was disgusted by the thought of having sex with the doctor, she reluctantly agreed at first to go along with the treatment until the doctor tried to kiss her breast.

When she then said she had a boyfriend, the doctor became angry with her, prompting her to question the value of the therapy sessions.

In their last session, which took place in July 2006, the doctor asked the woman if she wanted him to write her a prescription for birth control pills and that he couldn't have a friendly relationship without sex.

The young woman told the older doctor she wasn't interested in having a relationship with him, at which point he grabbed her, pushed her up against the living room sofa the two had been using during therapy sessions and raped her.

Suspicions that the doctor had had sexual relations with the woman began to surface later in the summer of 2006, resulting in the case being reported to the health board.

Later in the autumn of 2006, the doctor came to the woman's home and warned her that things could get "bloody ugly" for her if she went to the police, which she did in November 2006.

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The doctor was found guilty by both the district court and the court of appeal. He was sentenced in May 2010 to two years in prison for rape, sexual assault and obstruction of justice.

The National Board of Health and Welfare argues that the man "abused his position as a doctor" and should have his licence revoked.

"He has undermined the faith which the public has the right to have in a licenced doctor," the health board added.

Shortly before the start of the year, the health agency filed a petition with the Medical Responsibility Board (Hälso- och sjukvårdens ansvarsnämnd – HSAN), which is now considering the request.

David Landes (david.landes@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

11:29 January 7, 2011 by JulieLou40
What do they mean "Risks" having his license revoked??? I would have thought that was taken as read!!! Not in Sweden, apparently!!
11:29 January 7, 2011 by Gletta
Two years for rape sexual assult and obstruction of justice - this legal system is mad
11:39 January 7, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
Need spell check here . . . "Licence" is spelled "License"!
12:04 January 7, 2011 by Nemesis
He proposed sex with her to get in touch with her memories. He then threatened her to try to stop her going to the police.

He is a dangerous sexual predator and should be locked away, permanently.
12:06 January 7, 2011 by diegoveggie
i'd rather read 'doc convicted of rape may lose penis'
12:07 January 7, 2011 by StockholmSam
Wow. Stunning. Two years for rape and the possibility of losing his license. The Swedish justice system strikes again.

He should have been put away for at least 5-10 and there should never, ever be any consideration that this man might legally practice medicine again. Why is HSAN devoting time, money and other resources to "considering" this request? His loss of license should be automatic.
12:11 January 7, 2011 by RobinHood
Is there anyone who opposes the application to strike the doctor off the record? The story above doesn't mention anyone. If not, this is just a boring bit of paper shuffling, necessary to strike off a doctor convicted of rape, and not really an event worth reporting.
12:17 January 7, 2011 by johnny1939
This really makes my blood boil!!! Risking???? He should never be able to treat anyone as long as he lives. compare this situation to the Assange accusations. Oh boy, my country has crazy laws. This monster ought to be put away for far longer than 2 years. He took advantage of a very sick person that could not see straight and then threatened her in the US he would probably never see the light of day for a very long time.
13:28 January 7, 2011 by einsteins monkey
"May" lose his licenc/se... truly unbelievable, disgusting, shocking, outrageous, etc. etc. etc. infinity...

@ Dr. Dillhole: British English = licence. American English = license.
14:25 January 7, 2011 by Kevin Harris
Don't be deceived guys. "May" is a word introduced by The Local to cook up a storm. There is nothing to suggest the doctor won't lose his license/licence after the request is processed in the proper way.

A chance the redeem yourself The Local. If there is a reason why the doctor may not lose his licence/license, what is it? If there isn't, stop messing us about with deceptive headlines.
15:38 January 7, 2011 by Swedesmith
I'm with you diegoveggie. Give the doctor a two year sentence, but imprison his penis for life.
15:38 January 7, 2011 by athleticmeagan
When he suggested sex from the very beginning she should have got the hint he was crazy and got out of there. I feel like we're missing some of the story...
15:38 January 7, 2011 by UScitizen
"He has undermined the faith which the public has the right to have in a licenced doctor," the health board added. What a joke!

Well, I guess we "have a right" to have faith in the doctors here in Sweden, but if you read the story: "Swedish medical errors prove ever more costly" then tell me WHO in this country has any faith at all in these so-called doctors?
15:38 January 7, 2011 by Soft Boiled
Steady Now!!
01:11 January 8, 2011 by Daniel Hynes
He "may lose his license" Are Sweden's National Board of Health and Welfare ****ing stupid, or what? Take it away now and ban him for life...
02:59 January 8, 2011 by Dr. Dillner
@einsteins monkey

Very diplomatically stated.
13:01 January 8, 2011 by tin tin
LOL " Touch therapy " !!! What the hell!

Ridiculous from start to end!
22:33 January 8, 2011 by DJECKY
I think the parties had mutual arragement which later went of the tamac. I presium the patient later confessed to her boy friend who then became jealouse,that someone has tasted his bearded meat.and urges his girl friend to complain since that will cost the tax payers.Thereby bringing them some riches

Can somebody help me understand something here,

- A patient goes to the hospital and consult.

- The treatment later turns home visiting

- The treatment later became masaging.romancing and kissing then later sex.

- It takes the patient a long time before she reports the incident or suspicions started by the health board who inform them and when?

I could see really they had a good time together and may be the boy friend realised he was losing gripe over his girl friend and pressed hard ,surely the truth came out, now in Autumn.That was when the center couldnt hold again.Things started falling apart.

The Dr then trying to protect his self,and the SO CALL Patient,who became sex partner to her DR still opens the door of her apartment for further discussions with a (rapist) as she claims.THERE IS MORE TO THIS STOREY.
06:44 January 10, 2011 by soultraveler3

I think there might be more to this story as well.

For a 25 year old woman to think it's normal / okay / go along with it, for a psych doc to do house visits that include intimate massage and suggest sex as a treatment is suspect. The fact that she continued the "therapy" after all this, after the offer of bc, after he got angry that she had a boyfriend etc. makes it all the more strange.

Having mental problems like depression and stress doesn't make most people silly or illogical all of a sudden. Of course you can be more emotional and possibly easier to take advantage of in certain situations but what supposedly happened here seem extreme.
16:14 March 7, 2011 by janeway
It took the health agency seven months to file a petition with the HSAN (which, BTW, is no more). That alone is a disgrace. As have been mentioned by several other posters, there's nothing to consider. The doc has been sentenced to spend 16 months in prison for RAPE. Come on, we're talking about rape here. Not spitting on the sidewalk! What is there to consider. Revoke his license permanently and make sure all neighboring countries get informed so he can't just move abroad and continue in the medical profession.
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