A former Brisbane dental nurse drugged with laughing gas and sexually assaulted by her employer says the dentist who raped her was a monster hiding in plain sight.
The woman, who cannot be named for legal reason, was attacked by orthodontist Peter James Agnew, now 68 and retired, when the pair worked together 40 years ago.
"Women have a right to expect that when they go to work that they can be safe," the woman told reporters after Agnew was jailed for indecent assault and rape on Tuesday.
"Monsters hide in plain sight. He was my boss.
"Predators need to be held accountable."
Agnew gave the woman, then 19, about four times the normal dose of nitrous oxide before unzipping her uniform while supposedly treating a hole in her tooth after work in 1980.
As she lay dizzy and disorientated in Agnew's dentist chair, she attempted to fight him off but he was too strong, the Brisbane District Court heard.
Agnew, then 27, also exposed the woman to pornographic images in the dental surgery's lunchroom on another occasion and later raped her, pushing her to the floor after the last patient had left.
"You would have known she was in the surgery that night, locking up, completing her duties, cleaning the surgery, and you came back to work and raped her," Judge Deborah Richards said.
The woman resigned the following day.
She reported the incident to police five years ago after an article on workplace harassment and bullying jogged her memory of the assault.
Officers charged Agnew in 2016 after the woman confronted him and made a covert recording to gather evidence for investigating detectives.
Judge Richards said Agnew's actions were contemptuous and despicable.
"You were in a position of authority over her and she was clearly someone who was in awe of that position of authority, and the position that you held made you confident and brazen," she said.
The woman told the court the attacks had left her unable to work, broke, lonely, and living in fear.
"You felt so confident in your superiority that you thought you could get away with no one ever knowing about your crimes," she said to Agnew as she read her victim impact statement to the court.
"(But) today, I am taking all the shame and guilt I have carried all these years and I am placing it where it belongs, with you."
"It is now yours to carry and be aware it is a big burden to carry."
Agnew was sentenced to seven years' imprisonment and will be eligible for parole after serving half of the term.