A Sydney doctor who allegedly sat a female patient on his lap and kissed her cheek and neck during a consultation last month has pleaded not guilty to aggravated indecent assault.
Dr. Bassel Abdul Rahman was arrested at his Connells Point home, in Sydney’s south, on Sunday over charges he indecently assaulted a victim under his authority at the Miranda Medical Centre on March 27.
He was later released under strict conditional bail and an apprehended violence order was issued against him, restricting him from going within 20 metres of the woman’s home, work or other specified premises.
The 45-year-old general practitioner avoided waiting media at Sutherland Local Court on Thursday, where the case against him was briefly mentioned.
A police statement of facts tendered to the court alleged that the GP assaulted the 25-year-old woman and committed an act of indecency, by “kissing her on the cheek and neck whilst rubbing her back and then sitting her down on his lap”.
It is also alleged the doctor rubbed the victim’s right thigh “in circumstances of aggravation,” while she was under his authority as her doctor.
Dr. Rahman has worked as a general practitioner for more than 10 years after graduating from the University of NSW in 1999.
He is required to surrender his passport and must reside at a specified address in Connells Point, where he lives with his spouse and children.
The case returns to court on May 17.