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Updated: Tue, 19 Nov 2013 07:37:06 GMT | By CBC News, cbc.ca

Dr. George Doodnaught faces sex assault verdict today

Dr. George Doodnaught faces sex assault verdict today

A Toronto court is expected to deliver a verdict today in the case of Dr. George Doodnaught, the anesthesiologist accused of sexually assaulting 21 women while they were under sedation. 

The alleged kissing, fondling and oral sex took place at North York General Hospital during a four-year period that ended in 2010, leading to a trial that ran, with many adjournments, through most of this year. 

Doodnaught’s lawyer argued the female patients were actually having vivid dreams while under sedation, and that it would have been physically impossible for him to molest them from his position behind a surgical screen in the operating room. 

None of the 143 other people who were present during those operations reported seeing him assault anyone, though some nurses and assistants described unusual behaviour. 

The Crown characterized Doodnaught as a sexual opportunist who timed his assaults with precision to avoid getting caught, claiming he was motivated by the excitement and risk.

Before adjourning the trial in September, Justice David McCombs said he had a mountain of evidence to consider.

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