Sarnia doctor still practising after court ruling he sexually assaulted colleague

Sarnia doctor still practising after court ruling he sexually assaulted colleague

A Sarnia physician who was found by a civil court to have pinned down a fellow doctor in her home and raped her has continued to practise medicine “without consequence,” a judge said. Dr. Syed Nasir Ali was ordered in April by Superior Court Justice Johanne Morissette to pay Dr. B $200,000 in damages for the 1999 incident. Ali was never criminally charged for the assault. (Dr. B did report the incident to police). Ali’s profile on the public register of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario shows no discipline history or restrictions on his licence.“The fact is that Dr. Ali has not had to atone for his actions since 1999,” Morissette wrote. “He has continued to practise medicine and live in Sarnia without consequence for the sexual assault he committed on (Dr. B).”A civil case requires a lower burden of proof than criminal cases, which is proof beyond a reasonable doubt. In civil court, it must be proven that it was more likely than not that the alleged incident occurred. Article Continued BelowAli’s lawyer, Nina Perfetto, declined to comment to the Star as Ali intends to appeal the ruling. The Star is not naming Dr. B as it does not identify victims of sexual assault without their consent. “In reaction to the verdict, I felt an extreme sense of relief as I had suffered humiliation for 17 years,” Dr. B told the Star in an emailed statement. “I believe that Dr. Ali’s conduct should result in serious professional consequences. I hope that the College of Physicians and Surgeons deals with this situation appropriately.”

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