Doctor admits nine sex attacks on women patients

GUILTY: Doctor Nemalan Seshagiri Moodley, 42, at court yesterday.
GUILTY: Doctor Nemalan Seshagiri Moodley, 42, at court yesterday. QT

A DOCTOR has been convicted of multiple counts of sexually assaulting his patients.

Nemalan Seshagiri Moodley, 42, yesterday pleaded guilty to nine counts of sexual assault.

Ipswich District Court heard Moodley assaulted five female patients between 2003 and 2009.

As each count was read out, and when asked how he wished to plead, Moodley quietly uttered "guilty".

The court heard some of the offending included Moodley rubbing his groin, while clothed, against the victims.

At a previous committal hearing, Ipswich Magistrates Court heard the allegations included stroking a patient's hair, inappropriately touching a patient's breasts and molesting a woman's genitals and buttocks while she lay on the examination table.

On another occasion Moodley asked a patient to bend over and then ground his pelvis against her while holding her hips.

Moodley was working as a general practitioner at surgeries in Gatton, Laidley and Plainland when the assaults occurred.

The case was adjourned for sentencing on January 8.

Crown prosecutor Nici Schmitt yesterday opposed Moodley's bail, given he had just been convicted of nine serious crimes.

Ms Schmitt said the prosecution would be asking for up to five years' prison.

Defence barrister Malcolm Harrison said his client had been complying with his bail conditions since being charged with the offences three-and-half years ago.

Mr Harrison said Moodley posed no risk of reoffending and was not a flight risk as he'd already surrendered his passport.

Judge Deborah Richards granted Moodley's bail on the condition he report to police each day, when he had previously been reporting only once a week.

Moodley moved to Australia from South Africa with his wife and two children a decade ago.

His wife was in court to support him yesterday, as well as numerous members of his church.

The Medical Board of Queensland announced in October 2009 that the GP had been suspended.

The court was told Moodley only had experience as a doctor and had been unable to find work in any other field since his position was terminated.

Mr Harrison said it was unlikely he could ever return to the field of practising medicine as a result of his convictions.

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