32-year-old kid­ney spe­cial­ist charged with sex crimes in­volv­ing un­der­age teen

Toronto Sun - - FRONT PAGE - JOE WARM­ING­TON jwarm­ing­ton@post­media.com @joe_warm­ing­ton

Toronto Po­lice sex crimes de­tec­tives were al­ready tar­get­ing a hu­man traf­fick­ing ring that was al­legedly pimp­ing out an un­der­age girl through an on­line ad.

But what Det.-Sgt. Nun­zio Tra­mon­tozzi and his team stum­bled upon shocked them.

One of the al­leged clients was a Toronto doc­tor.

When the dust set­tled, they had a case in which a 15-yearold girl was al­legedly hired out for sex, a kid­ney spe­cial­ist and ac­cu­sa­tions that the vic­tim re­ceived a pre­scrip­tion for birth con­trol af­ter she was vi­o­lated at a Toronto hospi­tal.

“It’s a very dis­turb­ing case,” said Toronto Po­lice spokesman Meaghan Gray.

The first pri­or­ity was to res­cue a girl from the peo­ple who were set­ting her up with clients through the In­ter­net in Toronto ho­tels. Dur­ing con­ver­sa­tions with the girl came al­le­ga­tions a doc­tor not only met her for sex in ho­tels but also brought her into his clinic for more.

Dr. Ernest Chiu, 32, has since been charged with sex­ual in­ter­fer­ence, in­vi­ta­tion to sex­ual touch­ing, ob­tain­ing sex­ual ser­vices from a per­son un­der 18 and sex­ual as­sault.

Chiu is a spe­cial­ist in nephrol­ogy — dis­eases of the kid­neys. As a physi­cian, Chiu had priv­i­leges in St. Michael’s Hospi­tal, Toronto Gen­eral Hospi­tal, Toronto Western Hospi­tal, Princess Mar­garet Hospi­tal and the Toronto Rehab and Si­nai Health Sys­tem.

Chiu was re­leased on $10,000 bail at Old City Hall last Fri­day, re­ports the Toronto Sun’s Sam Paz­zano. His next court ap­pear­ance is Nov. 16. None of the al­le­ga­tions have been proven in court. He could not be reached for com­ment.

His bail con­di­tions for­bid him from be­ing alone with fe­males un­der 18 or com­mu­ni­cat­ing di­rectly or in­di­rectly with un­der­age fe­males. He’s also for­bid­den from at­tend­ing any ho­tel, mo­tel, Air BnB, Bed and Break­fast Inn, re­sort, un­less ac­com­pa­nied by his surety, Si­uchu Lam, 27, who lives at his Bay St. condo.

Chiu is also pro­hib­ited from us­ing any elec­tronic de­vice with In­ter­net ac­cess, ex­cept for ed­u­ca­tional pur­poses or while he’s be­ing su­per­vised.

Toronto Po­lice, in a me­dia re­lease, al­leged he met the girl in De­cem­ber 2016, af­ter re­spond­ing to an es­cort ad­ver­tise­ment on the web­site Back­page.com and “had un­pro­tected sex with her.”

In the months that fol­lowed, po­lice al­leged, “he met with her at dif­fer­ent ho­tels in the Toronto area and paid to have un­pro­tected sex with her.”

In­ves­ti­ga­tors also claim he would “pre­scribe her birth con­trol pre­scrip­tions and would in­ject her with the med­i­ca­tion.”

Po­lice also de­scribe a meet­ing at the Toronto Gen­eral Hospi­tal where he’s ac­cused of hav­ing sex with the teen in his work­place and pre­scrib­ing her med­i­ca­tion.

Po­lice ex­e­cuted a search war­rant at his home.

“The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is on­go­ing,” said Gray, who added the force’s “pri­or­ity is to pro­tect vul­ner­a­ble chil­dren from be­ing vic­tims of hu­man traf­fick­ing.”



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