Sex ma­niac ‘doc’ who calls vic­tims on the loose

New Straits Times - - News -

KUALA TERENG­GANU: A sex ma­niac, claim­ing to be a doc­tor, is on the loose, in­struct­ing women to check their breasts and pri­vate parts over the phone.

The Health De­part­ment is hot on the heels of the im­poster, who made the calls to three preg­nant women in Be­sut, giv­ing them false in­struc­tions.

The sus­pect who in­tro­duced him­self as “Dr Abu Bakar”, claimed to be an ob­ste­tri­cian and gy­nae­col­o­gist from the Be­sut Hos­pi­tal, duped the staff at the Be­sut health clinic into re­veal­ing the iden­ti­ties of sev­eral pa­tients who un­der­went reg­u­lar med­i­cal check-ups.

State Health di­rec­tor Dr Mo­ham­mad Omar yes­ter­day said the bo­gus doc­tor told the staff that he was con­duct­ing a med­i­cal re­search on preg­nant women and that he was a spe­cial­ist from the Be­sut Hos­pi­tal.

“Us­ing the in­for­ma­tion, the bo­gus doc­tor started call­ing his vic­tims and told them that he was con­duct­ing a re­search and re­quired their co­op­er­a­tion to en­able him to com­plete it.

“The vic­tims trusted the doc­tor be­cause he re­pro­duced cor­rect de­tails about their iden­ti­ties and med­i­cal records.

“The un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims co­op­er­ated and did what the bo­gus doc­tors asked, in­clud­ing fondling their breasts.

“This ha­rass­ment was made on July 15 this year.

“We found out that the bo­gus doc­tor had ob­tained per­sonal records of 12 women who are all preg­nant from the Ma­ter­nal and Child di­vi­sion of the Be­sut health clinic,” he added.

Dr Mo­ham­mad said the clinic staff then sus­pected that some­thing was amiss and con­tacted the Be­sut Hos­pi­tal to ver­ify the spe­cial­ist named “Dr Abu Bakar” and was told that there was no such per­son.

“A staff nurse who was tricked by the bo­gus doc­tor lodged a re­port at the Be­sut po­lice sta­tion on July 18.

“The staff at the clinic also made calls to all 12 women to warn them not to en­ter­tain calls from the bo­gus doc­tor.

“But they found out that three women had al­ready be­come vic­tims.

“We also found out that the sus­pect’s mo­bile phone had been dis­con­nected.

“We hope all our pa­tients who have fallen vic­tim to the bo­gus doc­tor will con­tact the de­part­ment and lodge po­lice re­ports,” he said, adding that sim­i­lar in­ci­dents had oc­curred in 2010 and in 2013.

“We are not sure if the bo­gus doc­tor is the same per­son, but the modus operandi looked sim­i­lar,” he added.

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