Publication ban for case of doc charged with sexually assaulting patient in June
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 Ian Gebhardt, 55, who practised at the Crescent Heights Family Medical Clinic but has since withdrawn from practice.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.
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 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.
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.
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.