Doctor facing 25 charges
GP to re-appear in February for a committal mention
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.