Montreal dentist acquitted of sexually assaulting patient

A judge has cleared a Montreal dentist on charges that he sexually assaulted a female patient in his office while the woman was being treated for a toothache.

66-year-old Mihran Dadourian admitted the act took place, but insisted it was consensual between himself and the patient, a 39-year-old Congolese political refugee who showed up at his office on October 1, 2008, with a severe toothache.

She had apparently never been to a dentist before.

The woman had contended that after Dr. Dadourian inserted the fillings, and then inserted his penis in her mouth, while her mouth was still frozen, and then placed $40 into her shirt pocket.

Dr. Dadourian, however, insisted the patient had been flirting with him, and that the sex act was a business transaction based on mutual consent.

In rendering his judgement, Salvatore Mascia says that while he believed the woman's version, he suggested that it was muddled and that she had changed her story several times.

During the trial, she testified she was paralyzed with fear and shock during the incident, and that it brought back memories of being imprisoned and raped in her native Congo.

In 2011, Dr. Dadourian was fined $1000 and barred from practicing for three months by the Quebec Order of Dentists after he pleaded guilty to sexual misconduct with his patient.

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