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Court frees doc accused of kissing patient

TT/The Local/dl · 13 Apr 2011, 07:53

Published: 13 Apr 2011 07:53 GMT+02:00

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The incident in question took place in March 2010 when the woman approached her local clinic complaining of stomach pains.

In her report to police, the patient claimed the 49-year-old physician first listened to her heart before then stroking her breasts in a manner which she found uncomfortable. He then proceeded to examine her rectally and vaginally.

As the woman was set to leave, the doctor then moved closer. But instead of giving the patient a hug, the doctor instead kissed her on the mouth.

When the woman resisted, the doctor then allegedly tried to kiss her again using his tongue.

The doctor has continually denied the patient's allegations.

The court found testimony given by the doctor and the patient to be credible, but had doubts about the account given by a witness who explained how upset she was when she saw the physician kiss the woman.

According to the court, the witness's testimony lacked detail and was too vague to merit a conviction, and thus acquitted the doctor of all charges, the local Östersunds-Posten newspaper reports.

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Following the ruling, the doctor can continue practicing and his accuser won't receive any compensation.

TT/The Local/dl (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

08:41 April 13, 2011 by karex
Funny country this... a doctor can be jailed for kissing a patient but nothing happens when they kill one. Slap in the hand maybe...?
09:16 April 13, 2011 by stupr
@ karex

Does your comment refer to another story? as in: "a doctor can be jailed for kissing a patient"........? I do not read that he was jailed.

On another note; why would the doctor even go in for a hug? I know Swedes love a good hug but surely that is not the right situation? ;)
11:05 April 13, 2011 by johnny1939
I am a Swede and I hate hugs and kisses from others but very close friends. One wonders what this fiend has done to others that have been to shy to report his disgusting conduct? This doctor should be watched and perhaps he is. I do hope so. Don't they have a nurse present these days when they examine female patients? I would if I was a doctor.
14:25 April 13, 2011 by eZee.se
People like this can't quit.

If he has done something like this, expect it to be repeated ...and him to be playing doctor with a cell mate.
16:33 April 13, 2011 by Swedesmith
If he tries to kiss me, he's gonna find his stethoscope in an undcomfortable place.
17:42 April 13, 2011 by star10
the Local, come on! This is irritating. You report "The court found testimony given by the doctor and the patient to be credible." How come two conflicting claims (by the patient who makes the claim and by the doctor who denies) be credible at the same time? Horrible!
18:21 April 13, 2011 by ilockitdown
loool star10 why arent you used to this by now!
21:25 April 13, 2011 by dizzymoe33
In our country there must be a nurse present at all times when the doctor is in the room with the patient to try and prevent these things from happening and if they should happen then there is another witness.
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