A Victorian doctor has been arrested after allegedly filming at least 20 female patients during health checks.
Stewart Moroney, 68, has been a local GP in the Wangaratta area for decades – now, he’s been accused of a gross breach of trust.
He has been charged with sexually assaulting a patient while working as a GP at the Ely Street Clinic in Wangaratta.
During the course of an examination, the victim noticed the doctor was not wearing gloves and there was a camera in the room.
Police believe there could be many more victims unaware they were being filmed – as many as 20 female patients, aged between 17 and 60 years old – during intimate examinations.
“We understand that today is going to be very difficult for a number of women who will have the police contact them and advise them they are victims, potentially, of a sexual assault and inappropriate images might have been recorded,” Victoria Police Act Supt Joy Arbuthnot said.
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The alleged sexual assault occurred on October 10, 2017 and the woman made a complaint to police the following day.
Moroney’s house was raided on November 30, but he wasn’t suspended from practising until January this year.
He was charged on Monday and police have since been in contact with other potential victims.
“What we’d say to people is if they’ve attended the Ely Street Clinic, to reflect on their appointment and their time with a male practitioner in that age demographic, and think about the circumstances, and if there was anything unusual or out of the ordinary [to let police know],” Act Supt Arbuthnot said.
The woman who made the initial complaint to police is being praised for her bravery, but questions are now being asked as to why it took three months for the doctor to be suspended after the allegations were made.