Psy­chi­a­trist’s af­fair with pa­tient con­sti­tutes sex­ual abuse: Col­lege

The Beacon Herald - - NEWS - PAOLA LORIGGIO THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

An Oakville, Ont., psy­chi­a­trist’s af­fair with a mar­ried pa­tient who she in­tro­duced to her chil­dren amounts to sex­ual abuse, the prov­ince’s reg­u­la­tory body for doc­tors has found.

In a ruling re­leased this week, the dis­ci­plinary com­mit­tee of the On­tario Col­lege of Physi­cians and Sur­geons also said Dr. Jane Cather­ine Gil­bert en­gaged in pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct.

An agreed state­ment of facts said Gil­bert first started treat­ing the pa­tient, who was not named, in late 2009 af­ter he sought out psy­chi­atric care for de­pres­sion at Oakville Trafal­gar Memo­rial Hos­pi­tal.

She con­tin­ued to treat him un­til late 2010, and it is dur­ing that time that she ini­ti­ated a sex­ual re­la­tion­ship, af­ter first be­friend­ing him and his wife, the doc­u­ment said.

Dur­ing a ses­sion that fall, Gil­bert broke down in tears and told the pa­tient that she be­lieved her hus­band would leave her, the doc­u­ment said. The pa­tient didn’t know what to do, so he gave her a hug and in­vited her to have din­ner with him and his wife at their home, it said.

She be­gan to spend a lot of time at the cou­ple’s home, of­ten alone with the pa­tient, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment of facts. She propo­si­tioned him in the fall of 2010 and the two be­gan a se­cret sex­ual re­la­tion­ship that con­tin­ued un­til the spring of 2014.

“Pa­tient A had not had sex with his wife in many years. His sex­ual en­counter with Dr. Gil­bert was very emo­tion­ally sig­nif­i­cant for him,” the doc­u­ment read.

“A few days af­ter this sex­ual en­counter, Pa­tient A told Dr. Gil­bert he loved her and would leave his wife for her. Dr. Gil­bert re­sponded that she loved him and wanted to be with him.”

The pair en­gaged in a va­ri­ety of sex­ual acts “at her house, in her of­fice at the hos­pi­tal, at Pa­tient A’s cot­tage, and at a ho­tel in Oakville,” the doc­u­ment said. “Pa­tient A would sleep at Dr. Gil­bert’s house. Dr. Gil­bert took Pa­tient A to a sex store. He had never been to a sex store in the past.”

The doc­tor also con­tin­ued to spend time at the pa­tient’s home and in­tro­duced him to her two chil­dren, the state­ment of facts said.

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