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Posted: 5:00 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014

Doctor gets 10 years for sexually assaulting sedated patients

Convicted of assaulting 21 women during surgery


    By Skyler Cooper

    One of those women looked on with joy as the anesthesiologist was led away in cuffs.

    George Doodnaught worked at North York General for 26 years, but all but one of these assaults happened between 2006 and 2010.

    Reports say the women were under the effects of anesthesia, but were awake enough to be aware of what was happening.

    The 65-year-old apparently fondled the women and forced oral sex on them. The defense argued the drugs had caused the women to have vivid dreams and that none of the accusations could be true.

    While an expert did testify that the anesthetic used has been known to cause hallucinations. The judge ultimately ruled that there were too many separate claims against the same doctor to consider that as a possibility.

    Doodnaught has as many as 10 other assault claims dating back to 1992 that were not part of this case.