Neu­rol­o­gist sen­tenced for sex­ual as­sault

The Hamilton Spectator - - Local - CARMELA FRAGOMENI cfragomeni@thes­ 905-526-3392 | @Car­matTheSpec

A Hamil­ton neu­rol­o­gist has been sen­tenced to 18 months in jail fol­lowed by three months of pro­ba­tion af­ter plead­ing guilty to sex­u­ally as­sault­ing fe­male pa­tients.

Dr. Pierre Pi­card, 50, from Dun­das, was sen­tenced Fri­day.

He was fac­ing 12 charges of sex­ual as­sault re­lated to eight vic­tims. But on Aug. 23, he pleaded guilty to two of them.

The charges were laid in stages in 2016 and 2017 as new vic­tims came for­ward.

Al­though Pi­card pleaded guilty to just two counts in Au­gust, the facts re­lated to all eight vic­tims were read out in court.

When first ar­rested in De­cem­ber 2016, po­lice said Pi­card op­er­ated pri­mar­ily out of a pri­vate prac­tice at 304 Vic­to­ria Ave. N., across from the Hamil­ton Gen­eral Hospi­tal. He was also listed then on the Col­lege of Physi­cians and Sur­geons’ web­site as work­ing in each of the city’s hos­pi­tals.

Po­lice said a com­plaint was first made to the col­lege, which then placed re­stric­tions on his prac­tice in Septem­ber 2016.

Crim­i­nal charges fol­lowed, the lat­est in Fe­bru­ary 2017, as more vic­tims came for­ward af­ter news re­ports of his ar­rest.

The women re­ported be­ing sex­u­ally as­saulted be­tween 2015 and 2016.

Pi­card’s name and prac­tice are flagged as a con­cern on the Col­lege of Physi­cians and Sur­geons’ web­site. His con­vic­tion for sex­ual as­sault is noted on the site when his name is searched. It also states his prac­tice and sta­tus as a doc­tor is in­ac­tive as of Novem­ber 2017.

Pi­card has a col­lege dis­ci­plinary hear­ing Oct. 9, ac­cord­ing to the web­site, but it is un­clear if that will still pro­ceed.

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