IN­SIDE THE NADON IN­VES­TI­GA­TION

Of­fences span decades, po­lice al­lege

Ottawa Citizen - - FRONT PAGE - JOANNE LAUCIUS jlau­cius@postmedia.com

On six sep­a­rate oc­ca­sions, Dr. Vin­cent Nadon is al­leged to have sur­rep­ti­tiously video­taped and sex­u­ally as­saulted mul­ti­ple fe­male pa­tients on the same day.

An ex­am­i­na­tion of the charges against the Ot­tawa physi­cian out­lines the scope of what po­lice al­lege oc­curred be­hind the closed doors of his of­fice for more than 20 years.

Nadon, 57, a physi­cian at the Univer­sity of Ot­tawa Health Ser­vices, re­mains in cus­tody await­ing a bail hear­ing on Thurs­day. He faces a to­tal of 94 charges of voyeurism and sex as­sault.

An anal­y­sis of the charges shows that po­lice be­lieve Nadon col­lected a hoard of 39 se­cret record­ings be­tween Jan. 20, 2010, and Aug. 30, 2011, while work­ing in a med­i­cal of­fice at 100 Marie Curie Pri­vate on the cam­pus of the Univer­sity of Ot­tawa.

Nadon faces charges of sex­u­ally as­sault­ing and sur­rep­ti­tiously video­tap­ing 39 women in that time pe­riod, in­clud­ing record­ing and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing two women on each of Jan. 26, Feb. 3, Feb. 8, March 16, Sept. 2 and Nov. 9, 2010.

The charges from that pe­riod al­lege that Nadon com­mit­ted clus­ters of of­fences in short pe­ri­ods. He is charged with 20 counts of voyeurism and sex­ual as­sault be­tween Jan. 25 and Feb. 24, 2010, in­clud­ing four charges on each of Jan. 26, Feb. 3 and Feb. 8.

He is also charged with another string of 18 of­fences be­tween Nov. 9 and Dec. 22, 2010, in­clud­ing four charges on Nov. 9 alone.

The al­le­ga­tions against Nadon have not been tested in a court of law.

On Tues­day, Ot­tawa po­lice de­clined to say why so many of the charges are re­lated to al­leged in­ci­dents in such a short time pe­riod.

Po­lice opened an in­ves­ti­ga­tion on Jan. 16 of this year after a pa­tient al­leged that Nadon had se­cretly recorded her re­mov­ing her clothes and had touched her in­ap­pro­pri­ately dur­ing an exam at a med­i­cal clinic on Rideau Street, one of four clin­ics run by the Univer­sity of Ot­tawa Health Ser­vices.

In an “in­for­ma­tion to ob­tain” — a doc­u­ment known as an ITO that out­lines the ra­tio­nale for re­quest­ing a search war­rant from a judge — po­lice said the wo­man re­ported see­ing an iPhone with a pink cover in a cabi­net dur­ing the exam. At first she did not think it was sus­pi­cious, but while she was get­ting dressed she no­ticed that the cam­era had recorded her med­i­cal exam.

The wo­man con­fronted Nadon with the iPhone, ac­cord­ing to the ITO, and later made a re­port to the clinic man­age­ment and po­lice.

Po­lice laid a charge of voyeurism and another of sex­ual as­sault against Nadon on Jan. 18. After po­lice made a pub­lic ap­peal for more women to come for­ward, another 10 sex­ual as­sault charges in­volv­ing 10 for­mer pa­tients were laid on Feb. 21, in­clud­ing some go­ing back more than 20 years.

On May 4, Ot­tawa po­lice laid 43 ad­di­tional charges of sex­ual as­sault and 40 counts of voyeurism.

In the ITO, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said cases in­volv­ing voyeurism al­most al­ways in­volve more than one vic­tim. It was “rea­son­able to be­lieve the Dr. Nadon was sur­rep­ti­tiously record­ing mul­ti­ple vic­tims that rea­son­ably ex­pected pri­vacy and that he keeps the ev­i­dence to re­view at later times,” said the ITO.

“Dr. Nadon is 56 years old and has been a physi­cian for 31 years, where his pa­tients were placed in a po­si­tion where they would be naked in front of him. It is un­rea­son­able to ex­pect that this is his first of­fence,” said the ITO, re­fer­ring to the al­le­ga­tions made by the pa­tient on Jan 16.

In the ITO, in­ves­ti­ga­tors said it is com­mon for voyeurism sus­pects to keep ev­i­dence of their crimes on ex­ter­nal hard drives, and they be­lieved Nadon had stor­age de­vices in his ve­hi­cles, home and of­fice.

“In fact, the rea­son they record th­ese types of of­fences is for them to re­view them after the fact, and of­ten re­peat­edly.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors re­quested that the search war­rant ex­tended to what ap­peared to be a camper trailer and a mo­bile trailer on Nadon’s prop­erty in Chelsea, say­ing that a trailer or RV “would be a per­fect spot for Dr. Nadon to store and view his videos in pri­vate,” ac­cord­ing to the ITO.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also ex­pressed con­cerns that Nadon had the op­por­tu­nity to delete ev­i­dence be­tween the time po­lice were alerted to the pa­tient’s al­le­ga­tions and Nadon’s ar­rest on the night of Jan. 17.

Ac­cord­ing to the ITO, around 11:10 p.m. that night, po­lice ar­rested Nadon in his black Volvo in the park­ing lot of a Chelsea gro­cery store. He had been ob­served dump­ing garbage bags in a dump­ster about 10 min­utes ear­lier. The next morn­ing, a po­lice de­tec­tive re­ported that one bag con­tained a se­verely damaged hard drive, said the ITO.

Po­lice pro­posed ex­e­cut­ing the search war­rant at Nadon’s home at 9 p.m. on Jan. 18 and ap­peared con­cern that ev­i­dence could be deleted or de­stroyed.

“Due to the sen­si­tiv­i­ties of elec­tronic equip­ment, stor­age de­vices and the abil­ity to re­motely de­stroy ev­i­dence, it is be­lieved that there is a risk of im­mi­nent de­struc­tion of prop­erty in this case,” said the ITO.

“That be­ing said, I have no in­for­ma­tion to sug­gest that Dr. Nadon is a tech­ni­cally savvy in­di­vid­ual. I have my be­lief that if ev­i­dence is de­stroyed or there are at­tempts to de­stroy it, mem­bers of our com­puter foren­sic unit will be able to re­cover some of the ev­i­dence.”

In re­sponse to ques­tions from the Citizen about its re­sponse to the Jan. 16. in­ci­dent, the Univer­sity of Ot­tawa Health Ser­vices said it has a ro­bust set of poli­cies and pro­ce­dures for the han­dling of com­plaints and in­ci­dents and has co-op­er­ated with po­lice.

“The staff mem­bers in­volved in the Jan. 16 in­ci­dent acted in ac­cor­dance with all ap­pli­ca­ble poli­cies and pro­ce­dures and ful­filled their du­ties com­mend­ably while pro­tect­ing the pa­tient and in­form­ing her of her rights and fur­ther op­tions for reg­is­ter­ing a com­plaint,” reads the state­ment.

TONY CALD­WELL

Univer­sity of Ot­tawa Health Ser­vices clinic is where Dr. Vin­cent Nadon prac­tised.

Vin­cent Nadon

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