March 27, 2018 21:53:45
A Sydney psychiatrist who told an alleged child sex offender that his behaviour was “OK” and “should be allowed” has been banned from practicing for two years.
Dr Ian Morris de Saxe had been suspended from practicing since September, after the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal found he had engaged in professional misconduct in relation to three patients.
The tribunal on Tuesday found that Dr de Saxe was not currently fit to practice “and that he may remain so for some time”.
“Young males particularly remain vulnerable, as the practitioner recognises,” the tribunal found.
Dr de Saxe told one patient — a 36-year-old man who was alleged to have had sexual contact with children — that he did not agree with the law and that “it was alright to do this”, saying “in other countries it is legal” and “back in Greek times it was OK,” the tribunal found.
He was also found to have offered to lie for the patient, whom he was treating at Mosman Private Hospital in August and September 2010, by providing false or misleading information to be used in the patient’s defence in court.
The tribunal found that he had looked into the patient’s eyes while the man was talking about his sexuality, and invited the patient to engage in a sexual act with him.
However, Dr de Saxe claimed to have no recollection of this.
Psychiatrist admitted his actions were wrong
Dr de Saxe was also found to have engaged in inappropriate sexual conduct with another patient that he was treating for substance abuse, anxiety, depression and symptoms of psychosis.
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The tribunal found that Dr de Saxe had been sexually inappropriate by engaging in mutual masturbation and sexual intercourse with the patient during treatment at his practice in The Rocks in mid-2013.
He was also found to have prescribed the patient with a Schedule 8 drug when he held no authority to do so.
Under cross-examination, Dr de Saxe acknowledged that the patient was young and he knew his actions were wrong.
He also conceded that he had abused his power as a psychiatrist and that the conduct was carried out for his sexual gratification only.
Dr de Saxe had admitted to the tribunal to offering to massage the legs of a 29-year-old patient he treated at his Lindfield practice in November 2011, before asking the patient: “Do you want me to go any higher?”
He told the tribunal that he was sexually attracted to the patient and that part of him had wanted to touch the man’s penis.
Banned psychiatrist starting another career
The tribunal heard that Dr de Saxe was attracted to young men and had moved his practice away from “the sort of risky type”.
Since being suspended from practicing medicine, he had started a course to teach English as a second language and told the tribunal he thought it would “be helpful to be able to test his boundaries around students”, despite acknowledging that being around young men was a “potential risk”.
The Health Care Complaints Commission had been seeking to ban his registration for 10 years.
However, Dr de Saxe said this would be “draconian” and had sought to have the suspension lifted so he could undertake medico-legal assessments.
He also argued that his offending had occurred during a time when he suspected that he had cancer and his mother, whom he had cared for all of his life, had passed away.
March 27, 2018 21:12:01