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Professor admits to drugging colleague and sexually assaulting her

By Mason White 6:03 PM October 18, 2015
John Kearsley 

By: Mahesh Sarin
A professor was arrested on a charge of sexual assault after drugging a female colleague and sexually assaulting her, police in Australia said.

Now, 63-year-old John Kearsley of Sydney, has pleaded guilty to using an intoxicating substance to commit an indictable offence and assault with an act of indecency at the Downing Centre District Court.

According to the police investigation, Kearsley, who was the Director of Radiation Oncology at St. George Hospital, poured a drug into the woman’s glass of wine while she was at his home.

The 32-year-old woman was not identified. She fell unconscious, and when she woke up, she found the professor committing a sexual act.

In court, Kearsley admitted that he had invited the victim to his apartment to discuss her mentoring, scholarship options and upcoming exams.

He had prepared dinner and offered the woman champagne.

The woman told him that she was driving, but she would take a sip.

Between dinner and dessert, Kearsley suggested that the two go out for a walk, and at this point, the woman said that she felt dizzy.

They returned to his apartment and the woman sat down on a sofa. He removed her shoes and rotated her legs around so she could lie on the couch.

The victim said that she was confused and sleepy. The next thing she remembers is lying on a bed in a bedroom with Kearsley massaging her back and kissing her chest.

The professor then put his face right in front of the woman’s face and tried to kiss her. Kearsley tried again to kiss her chest before she pushed him away and left the home.