A veteran North York General Hospital anesthetist, charged last winter with sexually assaulting three surgical patients under anesthetic, is now facing an additional 26 charges.
Dr. George Doodnaught, 61, has been charged in connection with alleged sexual assaults at the hospital and a North York medical clinic, Toronto police announced Thursday, Sept. 30.
Investigators allege one assault took place in September 2009 at the Rice Medicine Professional Corp. at 1333 Sheppard Ave., east of Leslie Street.
Other assaults occurred at the hospital. One allegedly took place in June 1992 and the remainder allegedly happened between 2006 and February 2010, police said.
Investigators believe there may be more victims.
When police announced the original sexual assault charges last March, they said three women ranging in age from their mid-30s to late-80s had been sexually assaulted while under anesthetic during surgeries at the hospital.
Doodnaught worked at North York General for 28 years. He also worked at other medical facilities in the Greater Toronto Area, police said.
At a March press conference after the charges were laid, hospital president Bonnie Adamson said NYGH received a complaint from a patient in mid-February and moved quickly to ensure Doodnaught was no longer working at the hospital, although she would not say if he had been suspended or terminated.
Adamson, who expressed sympathy for the alleged victims, would not say whether the alleged sexual assaults occurred when the accused was alone with victims or if they happened in the presence of others.
She said the hospital was co-operating fully with investigators.
In June, it was revealed 17 alleged victims had retained law firm Thomson, Rogers to pursue a civil case.
The firm's Darcy Merkur, a civil litigation lawyer, said the firm had also been approached by additional potential alleged victims, although they had not retained the lawyers' services.
On June 24, Rogers, Thomson said it had entered into a dispute resolution process with the hospital on behalf of its clients.
The process, which could take several months up to two years to resolve, will determined how much compensation alleged victims are entitled to if the sexual assault allegations are established, Merkur added.
The allegations have not been proven in court and entering into the dispute resolution process doesn't mean the hospital accepts blame for the alleged incidents.
Police are asking anyone who may have additional information that could help with the investigation to call them at 416-808-4040.
The hospital has also provided a patient inquiry line related to the investigation at 416-756-6271.
Doodnaught was scheduled to appear in court, on the latest charges on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 1000 Finch Ave. W.