Doctor also faces disciplinary hearing for alleged bizarre impropriety with patients
Andrew Seymour, The Ottawa Citizen
Published: Friday, March 16, 2007
An Ottawa psychiatrist facing a disciplinary hearing for allegedly tying a rope around a patient’s genitals and leading him around the office, and other bizarre sexual behaviour, has been charged with six criminal counts of sexual assault.
Dr. Juan Tejeda Rosario, 63, appeared briefly in an Ottawa court yesterday after police allege he repeatedly sexually assaulted two male patients over the past 10 years.
The doctor, who is known by the name Dr. Tejeda, is also scheduled to go before a College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario discipline committee in Toronto on Monday.
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According to a notice of hearing, Dr. Tejeda is accused of engaging in sexual impropriety with a patient, sexually abusing a patient and engaging in conduct that would “reasonably be regarded by members as disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional.”
Among the allegations contained in the notice of hearing are that Dr. Tejeda had sex with two male patients, had both patients perform oral sex on him and masturbate him.
None of the allegations against Dr. Tejeda has been proven.
When a Citizen reporter approached him outside his Ottawa home yesterday, Dr. Tejeda refused comment. He also declined to speak when a Canwest reporter reached him at his office in the Smyth Medical Centre on Russell Road earlier this week. His lawyer, Todd Burke, did not return phone calls yesterday.
The document alleges one of his psychiatric patients, who saw Dr. Tejeda from 1991 to 2006 and says he entered into a sexual relationship with him in December 1995, was kissed, penetrated with objects — including a toilet brush and riding whip — and had a plastic bag put over his head while he performed oral sex on Dr. Tejeda.
The notice of hearing said on one occasion, Dr. Tejeda allegedly pierced the patient’s genitals with a needle, causing him to bleed. The notice of hearing also alleges the doctor engaged in sexual fantasies where Dr. Tejeda would talk about “being rough” with the patient to the point the patient “would bleed or require medical attention.”
The most recent incident, the notice of hearing alleges, occurred in January 2006, when Dr. Tejeda is accused of anally penetrating the patient without his consent.
In relation to the other patient, Dr. Tejeda is accused of having the patient masturbate in front of him, in addition to having anal and oral sex with him, the notice alleges.
When the patient disclosed his sexual involvement with Dr. Tejeda at the Ottawa Civic Hospital, it’s alleged Dr. Tejeda assisted the patient in retracting the disclosure, the notice of hearing says.
Dr. Tejeda is also accused of paying the patient’s girlfriend, who also was one of his patients, $3,000 in installments in exchange for her not disclosing her knowledge of his alleged sexual involvement with her boyfriend, the document alleges.
The notice of hearing alleges some of the acts of sexual impropriety and sexual abuse took place in Dr. Tejeda’s office, while others occurred in his car and at a patient’s home.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons said Dr. Tejeda was suspended from practice on Jan. 11. He wasn’t criminally charged until Jan. 31, according to police.
Dr. Tejeda’s disciplinary hearing has been scheduled to cover five days next week, followed by another 11 days over four additional weeks between May and June. His next court appearance is scheduled for April. 5.
© The Ottawa Citizen 2007