LONDON, ON – A psychiatrist with a long history of sexual impropriety is behind bars after he was charged Tuesday with sexual assault and voyeurism, police said.
5:04 pm, November 6th, 2012
Stanley Dobrowolski, 65, who was suspended Oct. 12 by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario, is under investigation by police for allegedly filming female patients without their knowledge while he did physical examinations, investigators said.
Dobrowolski is accused of abusing his position of trust by inappropriately touching a patient or conducting an unnecessary physical examination, police said.
The charges stem from alleged assaults between 2005 and 2011.
Police said they will oppose Dobrowolski’s release if he applies for bail. He’s scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
Investigators believe former patients may have information that will assist them. They are asked to call London, ON police at 519-660-5842.
Members of the public also can contact the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario toll free at 1-800-268-7096, extension 603.
Dobrowolski’s history is pockmarked with reprimands for professional misconduct involving female patients.
In May 1995, his licence was suspended for three months after he engaged in a sexual relationship with a former patient — a student — who came to him after attempting suicide.
He was reprimanded for showing the student how to give herself a breast exam after she had come in to talk about her depression.
Allegations by three other women were dismissed at that time.
In 2001, Dobrowolski was again reprimanded and required supervision for five months for professional misconduct.
Three years later in 2004, he pleaded guilty to kissing and hugging a female patient, a student he treated at the University of Western Ontario’s student health centre, during a night spent at a hotel in 1992.
By that time, at least 12 women had launched official complaints about him.
In all, he’s been found guilty by regulators four times, though the string of violations has so far only netted him two three-month suspensions and two reprimands.
– With files from Jonathan Sher