A sonographer who allegedly raped three patients during appointments at a Brisbane hospital has been released on bail.
Police say the 58-year-old man sexually assaulted three women between August 2018 and June 2020 while conducting separate investigations.
The man was arrested yesterday and charged with three counts of rape and two charges after his behavior was determined to be “outside the parameters of normal scanning procedures”.
During a bail hearing in Brisbane this morning, his lawyer Glen Cranny told the court that his client denied the charges and always acted correctly within his training.
“He indicates that he has always performed his duties in the health industry in a manner consistent with his education and skills,” he said.
The court heard that the man used to be a registered nurse before becoming a qualified sonographer who had worked in the Queensland Health system for nearly 30 years but had now “effectively retired”.
It was also heard that he had not filed any other complaints of the same nature against him prior to these charges, and that he had no criminal record.
Police prosecutor Stephanie Randolph told the court they opposed his release, arguing the alleged offenses were serious.
“The strength of the evidence against the accused is strong through the prosecution,” she said.
“The defendant was in a position of trust – he violated that trust.”
Magistrate Megan Power acknowledged the seriousness of the charges and granted him bail on various conditions, including surrendering his passport and not contacting the complainants.
The case will go to court in October.