Pub­li­ca­tion ban for case of doc charged with sex­u­ally as­sault­ing pa­tient in June

Medicine Hat News - - COMMUNITY - PEGGY REV­ELL pre­v­ell@medicine­hat­news.com Twit­ter: MHNpre­v­ell

The case of a Medicine Hat doc­tor charged with sex­ual as­sault and sex­ual ex­ploita­tion of a per­son with a dis­abil­ity came briefly be­fore a judge Thurs­day, with the Crown grant­ing a pub­li­ca­tion ban on any in­for­ma­tion that would iden­tify the vic­tim.

Due to the case be­ing in its early stages, ap­pear­ances are be­ing han­dled by the Case Man­age­ment Of­fice at the court­house, not be­fore a judge. The next CMO ap­pear­ance is set for Oct. 5.

The charges against the doc­tor come from an al­leged in­ci­dent in June 2017 when an adult male pa­tient at­tended a walk-in medical ap­point­ment and was sex­u­ally as­saulted.

Po­lice an­nounced charges in mid-Au­gust against Dr. Ian Geb­hardt, 55, who prac­tised at the Cres­cent Heights Fam­ily Medical Clinic but has since with­drawn from prac­tice. Don Ma­cLeod, a Cal­gary-based lawyer has been hired as de­fence coun­sel.

Meth traf­fick­ing

A Medicine Hat woman en­tered a guilty plea Thurs­day to one count of traf­fick­ing metham­phetamine

Carolyn Matthews’ de­fence coun­sel en­tered the plea and ad­journed mat­ters to Nov. 2 for sen­tenc­ing.

As Matthews has a lim­ited record, coun­sel re­quested a pre­sen­tenc­ing re­port be pre­pared. Matthews re­mains in cus­tody.

Not-guilty plea

Not-guilty pleas were en­tered for a Medicine Hat man charged with one count of traf­fick­ing meth and pos­ses­sion of pro­ceeds of prop­erty ob­tained by crime. De­fence coun­sel for Michael Lariv­iere en­tered the pleas, elect­ing the case to be heard by a Queen’s Bench judge, with a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing. No date has been set yet. Lariv­iere was ar­rested in early June, along­side sev­eral oth­ers af­ter in­ves­ti­ga­tions into traf­fick­ing.

Sen­tenc­ings pushed-back

Sen­tenc­ing for a man who pled guilty to a liquor store rob­bery last Septem­ber has been pushed back to Sept. 29.

Coun­sel for Dal­las James Prysi­azny re­quested the ad­journ­ment, as the pre-sen­tenc­ing re­port for the man was com­plete but not re­ceived.

Sen­tenc­ing for a man ar­rested af­ter a stab­bing out­side a north-end pub on New Year's Eve has been ad­journed to Sept. 20. Jer­rad Sch­nei­der pled guilty to ag­gra­vated as­sault on June 23, with a pre-sen­tenc­ing re­port or­dered be­fore a sen­tenc­ing ten­ta­tively set for Sept. 14.

Traf­fick­ing

The mat­ters of 45-year-old Paul Ras­mussen, who faces mul­ti­ple drug traf­fick­ing and weapons-re­lated charges, were ad­journed to Sept. 28, with de­fence coun­sel stat­ing there is on­go­ing dis­cus­sion with the Crown over po­ten­tial res­o­lu­tion.

Ras­mussen was ar­rested in May when po­lice seized more than $33,000 in metham­phetamine fol­low­ing an in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

Ras­mussen’s co-ac­cused, Siofean Coderre, pled guilty in July to one count of traf­fick­ing, one count of pos­sess­ing the pro­ceeds of crimes, and one count of pos­ses­sion for the pur­pose of traf­fick­ing.

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