Doctor fondled patients, court told

A DOCTOR accused of sexually assaulting six female patients at his clinic will face a criminal trial in Ipswich.

Nemalan Seshagiri Moodley, 41, allegedly fondled some of his patients while they lay on the examination table.

Ipswich Magistrates Court heard the allegations included rubbing a patient’s hair, inappropriately touching a patient’s breasts and rubbing a woman’s genitals and backside while she lay on the examination table.

On another occasion Moodley allegedly asked a patient to bend over and then moved his pelvis area while holding her hips.

As he has been committed to stand trial in the district court, The Queensland Times can now legally reveal Moodley’s name.

The women gave evidence in a closed court hearing yesterday before Magistrate Michael Quinn.

When the court was opened, defence barrister Malcolm Harrison argued there was not enough evidence to commit his client to trial on some of the charges.

But Crown prosecutor Nici Schmitt said it should be left for a jury to decide whether there was enough evidence.

Moodley faces nine charges of sexual assault allegedly committed in Gatton and Plainland on dates in 2003, 2008 and 2009 against six separate complainants.

He has not entered a plea to the charges.

Mr Quinn said there was enough evidence for Moodley to face trial and committed him to stand trial in Ipswich District Court on a date to be fixed.

Moodley remains on bail and must report to police once a week.

His passport remains confiscated and Moodley has been banned from travelling overseas.

The GP was due to face the hearing on Tuesday charged with five offences of sexual assault against five women.

But a witness, who previously did not want to make a formal complaint, decided she now wanted the doctor charged.

He was then charged with a further four offences of sexual assault for the sixth woman.

Police have previously appealed for alleged victims to come forward after an initial complaint was made.

The Medical Board of Queensland announced in October 2009 that the GP had been suspended.

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