A Sydney doctor who claimed "tantric healing" was the reason he put his penis in the hand of a sleeping 16-year-old girl has been jailed.
Sleep study technician Ali Khorami, 50, repeatedly preyed upon female patients who'd agreed to stay overnight in Glebe's Woolcock Clinic to solve issues with their sleep in 2018.
"Instead of getting the data for their problems to be diagnosed, they were indecently assaulted or drugged by the person collecting the data," Judge Leonie Flannery said on Friday.
Jailing him for six years, the NSW District Court judge said the offending in July and August 2018 was a "gross breach of trust".
The five victims were isolated in a room overnight and thus particularly vulnerable, she said.
A jury in July found Khorami guilty of 22 offences including 19 counts of indecent assault and one count of administering an intoxicating substance to commit an indictable offence.
Many of the acts were caught on CCTV cameras mounted in the patients' rooms.
In one video, Khorami is seen carrying a blood pressure machine into the room of a 16-year-old girl, who appears to wake briefly as he moves her arm out from under the covers.
After placing the blood pressure cuff on her arm, he placed his penis in her open hand and - when she again woke - instructed her to pump her left hand into a fist.
At trial, Khorami admitted the physical conduct but claimed it was consensual, not sexual and a form of "tantric healing".
He also drugged another patient with sleeping drugs while a third woke to him moving his hands over her breast and groin.
The CCTV didn't pick up everything, however, with security cameras turned off or pointed at the ceiling for parts of the nights Khorami worked
Judge Flannery found it "troubling" that the 50-year-old still maintains he was engaged in legitimate medical practices and that some of his five victims consented.
"This means it is difficult to have confidence that he will not re-offend," she said.
Friends and family gave him glowing references that spoke highly of his credibility, personal integrity and trustworthiness.
A psychologist said the conduct couldn't be explained by intimacy concerns or poor sexual boundaries and recommended Khorami attend a "deniers program" while in prison.
Defence barrister Tony Evers had described Khorami's offending as an aberration from a man who'd been a well-functioning member of the community for the vast majority of his life.
Having spent two weeks in custody, Khorami will be eligible for parole in June 2024.
His Australian medical accreditation, attained in 2017, was suspended in 2018 and expected to be cancelled.
In a statement on Friday, the Woolcock Clinic said it had introduced new patient security measures including banning sleep technicians from entering a patient's rooms alone.
"We acknowledge this has been a distressing time for all involved," the non-profit said, encouraging former or current patients to get in touch with any questions or concerns.