Doctor found guilty of sexually assaulting patient allowed practice with an assistant present

Ces Colagrande
Ces Colagrande
By: Mason White

A doctor who was found guilty of sexually assaulting a patient, was allowed to practice again if he has an assistant in the room.

48-year-old Ces Colagrande of Australia, was found guilty at the Southport District Court of one count of sexual assault.

A jury convicted him after they heard how he assaulted a 24-year-old woman during a visit to his clinic for cosmetic surgery.

The court heard how the Colagrande hugged the patient before grabbing her buttocks and slapping her backside. He then used graphic language as he whispered to her that he wanted to have sex with her.

The judge gave Colagrande an 18-month suspended sentence. In addition, he was banned by the Health Ombudsman from seeing female patients.

However, he appealed that decision. His attorneys said that “since the alleged spontaneous assault,” there has not been any suggestion that the surgeon was involved in any other assault.

Judge Suzanne Sheridan, who is the deputy president of the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, agreed.

She said: “This is not a case where it is suggested that the practitioner is a sexual predator or has shown any tendency towards that type of conduct.”

The tribunal has changed the ban, which now allows Colagrande to once again see female patients as long as he has an assistant in the room.

However, lawyers for the Health Ombudsman argued that Colagrande had a history of being dishonest. He has previously been suspended for falsifying his resume.

Therefore, they claimed that having an assistant in the room would be ineffective. The tribunal then added to the order that the assistant must be from an agency and not directly employed by him.