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Psychiatrist guilty of same-sex assault

July 14, 2009 at 8:39 AM   |   Comments

OTTAWA, July 14 (UPI) -- A Canadian psychiatrist was found guilty of sexually assaulting one of his male patients as part of unapproved treatment at his Ottawa practice.

Ontario Superior Court Justice Roydon Kealey ruled the defense testimony of 65-year-old Dr. Juan Tejeda wasn't credible, and found him guilty Monday of two counts of sexual assault, the Ottawa Sun reported.

Six similar charges involving another patient were dropped, as Kealey said the alleged victim "appeared to be somewhat unstable" and gave contradictory evidence, the report said.

In the initial charges, Tejeda denied any sexual contact between 1990 and 1999 with the patient, who is now 47. However, prosecutors offered an audio recording in which Tejeda can be heard confirming the episodes, the Sun said.

The psychiatrist said the therapy involved having a patient fantasizing about homosexual men and then recounting it as if it had really happened. An expert from the Royal Ottawa Hospital told the court such treatment wasn't recognized by the psychiatric community, the report said.

A date for sentencing wasn't immediately set.

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