PERV DOC PREYED ON YOUNG BOY ‘Ap­palled’ com­mit­tee yank li­cense to prac­tise

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The On­tario Col­lege of Physi­cians and Sur­geons re­voked Dr. Rasik­lal Morzaria’s li­cence to prac­tise af­ter he was found guilty Mon­day of sex­u­ally abus­ing a young boy for sev­eral years.

“This com­mit­tee is shocked and ap­palled by your be­hav­iour,” said Dr. Eric Stan­ton, chair­man of the col­lege dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee.

“By re­peat­edly sex­u­ally abus­ing a young, ex­tremely vul­ner­a­ble boy over a num­ber of years for your own per­sonal grat­i­fi­ca­tion, you vi­o­lated those bound­aries and trust be­tween a doc­tor and pa­tient,” said Stan­ton af­ter Morzaria, 74, pleaded no con­test to the al­le­ga­tions, which means he didn’t deny them and there is no hear­ing.

His plea means the col­lege ac­cepts the agreed state­ment of fact and re­voked his li­cence im­me­di­ately for his act of un­pro­fes­sional, dis­grace­ful con­duct.

“Your con­duct not only in­volved de­ceit and co­er­cion but also in­ter­fered with a po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tion,” said Stan­ton in a sting­ing rep­ri­mand.

“This be­hav­iour can­not, and will not, be tol­er­ated by the pro­fes­sion or the pub­lic at large,” said Dr. Stan­ton.

Col­lege pros­e­cu­tor Carolyn Sil­ver said Morzaria treated Pa­tient A from the time he was six years old in 2006 un­til he was 12 in 2013. Pa­tient A’s iden­tity is cov­ered by a pub­li­ca­tion ban.

Morzaria lied to the young boy that he was an un­der­cover cop and if the boy re­vealed the abuse to any­one, “he and his fam­ily would spend the rest of their lives in jail,” said Sil­ver.

“This made Pa­tient A afraid to tell his par­ents,” said Sil­ver in read­ing an agreed state­ment of facts.

Sex­ual abuse and in­vi­ta­tion to touch­ing en­sued, said Sil­ver.

Morzaria ar­ranged to pick up the boy at his home on week­ends and drove him back to the clinic when no staff mem­bers were present, said Sil­ver. The abuse re­mained se­cret be­cause Pa­tient A’s mom trusted the doc­tor and Pa­tient A be­lieved that Mor- zaria was an un­der­cover cop.

Af­ter Pa­tient A fi­nally re­vealed the abuse to his mother in June 2013, she ended her son’s re­la­tion­ship with the doc­tor and re­ported him to the po­lice, said Sil­ver.

“Dr. Morzaria called Pa­tient A’s house af­ter the mat­ter was re­ported to the po­lice and he tried to dis­suade Pa­tient A’s mother from pur­su­ing her com­plaint with threats of pub­lic­ity for her fam­ily,” said Sil­ver.

The crim­i­nal charges stem­ming from th­ese al­le­ga­tions were stayed in 2015 as a judge ruled there was an un­rea­son­able de­lay in com­ing to trial.

Dr. Rasik­lal Morzaria

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