Canada doctor sexually assaulted patients while under sedation, police say

A Toronto doctor was arrested Tuesday afternoon and charged with sexually assaulting three female patients, according to authorities.

The Toronto Police Service issued a news release Tuesday evening stating that Dr. Marc Ravinsky, 53, was taken into custody at a hospital in what they called a “preliminary investigation.”

Prosecutors at the Special Victims Unit have since charged Ravinsky with sexually assaulting three female patients, the news release stated.

Toronto Police have declined to specify which hospitals where Ravinsky works. He is due in court next Tuesday, according to the news release.

Ravinsky was elected to the board of the Canadian Medical Association in April 2015, according to the CMA. The association said it was aware of the allegations and had no further comment.

“As Dr. Ravinsky is not a member of the CMA, neither I nor the Board of Directors of the CMA are able to comment on these matters,” Dr. Michael McGehee, chair of the Canadian Medical Association Council, said in a statement.

Ravinsky posted his first bail bond Tuesday night and was released with conditions.

“I promise to abide by the conditions set out by the court and to continue working in a professional capacity for my patients and their families,” Ravinsky said during his first court appearance, according to CTV News.

According to court documents obtained by CTV News, the accused doctor met his first victim while working at St. Michael’s Hospital in 2009. The next month, the victim contacted the hospital to report that Ravinsky had sexually assaulted her while she was under sedation.

The woman alleged in her police report that she was so traumatized after the alleged assault that she could not sleep, CTV News reported.

According to court documents, the now-42-year-old victim told investigators that during one of her fallopian tube removal procedures, the doctor had instructed her to lie on her side and had grabbed her breast.

The following year, when the woman went to another doctor who specializes in problems with fallopian tubes, she alleges that the doctor performed an examination on her and then “touched her breasts with his hands and exposed his penis and masturbated,” according to CTV News.

The woman believes she was assaulted by the doctor again during a follow-up visit with a new doctor in 2014, the documents state.

The latest alleged incident occurred in 2015, when she was 21 and under sedation for a hysterectomy, according to CTV News. That time, she alleges that Ravinsky again asked her to lie on her side and kissed her neck.

Police say the case is still being investigated.

“Our thoughts are with the three women who were sexually assaulted by Dr. Ravinsky,” the Canadian Medical Association tweeted Tuesday night. “We condemn his conduct and stand ready to work with @TorontoPolice to ensure his arrest results in justice for the women who were harmed.”

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