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Former Halifax doctor charged with sexually assaulting patient more than 14 years ago

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Halifax Regional Police say a former doctor has been charged with sexually assaulting a patient in Dartmouth.

A former Halifax doctor has been charged with sexual assaulting a patient more than 14 years ago.

Halifax Regional Police say Graeme Hamilton Bethune, 74, of Halifax, has been charged with one of sexual assault in connection with multiple alleged incidents involving a patient. The assaults happened in a home in Dartmouth between 2005 and 2007.

Const. John MacLeod said the he can't say whether it was at the alleged victim's home, “but it was a residence and not a medical setting."

Bethune was arrested and charged Tuesday

Police were contacted about the allegations last November. MacLeod said police don't comment usually comment on whether complaints come from the victim or a third party.

In May of 2020, after a complaint to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Nova Scotia, the college said that Bethune agreed to have to have his medical licence revoked because he committed professional misconduct by engaging in an inappropriate personal relationship with a vulnerable patient.

A hearing committee accepted the agreement, which was proposed by Bethune, saying at the time that it was appropriate in the circumstances. The reasons for the decision were not published by the college to protect the patient.

MacLeod wouldn't say whether the college and police investigations involved the same complainant.

Bethune is scheduled to appear in Halifax provincial court at a later date to be arriagned on the charge. He is free on an undertaking until then.

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