Doc­tor fac­ing 25 charges

GP to re-ap­pear in Fe­bru­ary for a com­mit­tal men­tion

Wangaratta Chronicle - - News -

MORE women have con­tacted po­lice with al­le­ga­tions of sex­ual as­sault re­lated of­fences com­mit­ted against them by a Wan­garatta doc­tor, Wan­garatta Mag­is­trates Court heard on Mon­day.

Dr Ste­wart Moroney, 69, ap­peared in court for a brief fil­ing hear­ing, dur­ing which po­lice in­di­cated he is now fac­ing 25 charges.

Po­lice re­vealed they had been speak­ing with 19 al­leged vic­tims when the doc­tor was charged with sex­ual as­sault and cap­ture in­ti­mate im­age of­fences on June 11.

The court heard that a num­ber of other women have come for­ward since then, lead­ing to more charges be­ing filed with the court on Septem­ber 13.

Po­lice be­gan an in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the al­leged in­ci­dents in Oc­to­ber last year when a woman re­ported the doc­tor had not worn gloves while con­duct­ing a fe­male health test, and she be­lieved there may have been record­ing equip­ment in the room at the time.

Charge sheets re­veal the doc­tor al­legedly com­mit­ted re­lated of­fences against women and girls on 25 oc­ca­sions be­tween April 6 and Novem­ber 21 last year.

Charges against the doc­tor in­clude seven counts of touch­ing or pen­e­trat­ing women’s gen­i­tals with­out con­sent, three counts of touch­ing women’s breasts with­out con­sent, the dig­i­tal pen­e­tra­tion of a child un­der 16 and in­struct­ing a girl un­der 16 to re­move her clothes be­fore cap­tur­ing images of her gen­i­tals with­out her knowl­edge.

Moroney has also been charged with covertly vis­ually record­ing women’s gen­i­tals on 10 oc­ca­sions and record­ing 13 images of child pornog­ra­phy.

Mag­is­trate David Faram ad­journed the mat­ter for a com­mit­tal men­tion on Fe­bru­ary 14 next year.

The ac­cused re­mains on bail.

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