An original translation by Bear
June 18 2013
Radiologist on trial for sexual assaults and multiple rapes of 32 women
Since Monday the trial of a radiologist has been underway in a criminal court in Finistère, for sexual assaults and rapes that he committed between 2002 and 2006 on 32 young women, some of whom were minors at the time of the assaults.
The doctor, Mohamed Frehat, 55, is accused by 32 young women of sexual assaults and rapes that he committed in the context of his functions as a radiologist at the hospital center of Quimperlé (Finistère). Amongst these, eight were minors at the time of the alleged assaults, and two were less than 15 years old. In total, he is accused of 37 different infractions, 28 of them rape and 9 of assault. The defendant, who denies these facts, was placed in provisional detention as of June 2007 and in April 2008 before being placed under judicial control with the condition of being forbidden to practice his profession.
The accused, the father of two daughters, practiced radiology at the hospital centre of Quimperlé since 2002.
In May 2005 two of his patients filed complaints against him for sexual assault presumed to have been committed during medical exams, but the complaints are classified without follow-up.
However, his superiors requested that he no longer perform any radiology exams alone. In 2006 new complaints for the same type of behaviour of the same nature were registered. The justice system forbids the radiologist from practicing any vaginal ultrasound or mammography.
Violating these instructions, the doctor is alleged to have continued to do these trans-vaginal ultrasounds, sometimes on minors without the consent of their parents, eliciting further complaints.
The radiologist, originally from Algeria, defended himself through the course of the first day of trial by asserting that during the exams he was trying to get a diagnosis as quickly as possible.
The trial is expected to last until Friday.