Veteran Doctor Gets Convicted Of Sexual Assault For Inserting Fingers Into 20-Year-Old Patient
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Veteran Doctor Gets Convicted Of Sexual Assault For Inserting Fingers Into 20-Year-Old Patient

Wee was convicted of a charge of sexual penetration, which is based on his own GP's admission, that he had inserted ungloved fingers into the patient, using saliva as a lubricant.

General Practitioner, Wee Teong Boo, was cleared of raping a patient in December 2015 after the High Court accepted medical evidence that the doctor was suffering from erectile dysfunction at the time. Justice Chua Lee Ming said, "There is a reasonable doubt as to whether penile penetration could have taken place as alleged in this case." But, Justice Chua convicted Wee of a charge of sexual penetration, which is based on his own GP's admission, that he had inserted ungloved fingers into the patient, using saliva as a lubricant. The incident occurred at a late-night consultation at the doctor's Bedok clinic. 



 

Wee claimed that he wanted to conduct an internal examination to see if the patient, a 23-year-old student, could be suffering from a pelvic inflammatory disease. The judge rejected his claims and mentioned that there was no mention of PID in the doctor's medical notes. Wee claimed that he did not write this down because had two impatient clients waiting at that time but the judge obviously wasn't taking it. The judge also refused Wee's claims regarding the fact that he did not use gloves, proper lubricant as well as ask the patient if she needed a chaperone to assist her with the examination. Wee's claims were that he was caught off-guard by the patient's complaint of a genital itch. 

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Justice Chua said, "I do not accept his explanation. The accused is a very experienced doctor with 37 years’ standing at the material time. His composure during cross-examination also showed he was not easily flustered." The judge noted that Wee was conscious of using a lubricant and would have been conscious of lacking gloves when he put his fingers near his mouth. Justice Chua said that Wee had no need to carry out an internal examination without establishing the patient's sexual history beforehand which is part of the procedure. The judge repeated expert opinions that an investigation for PID would not start with a digital examination. 

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Wee was convicted for molesting a victim during an earlier consultation a month earlier. Sexual assault by penetration carries the same amount of sentence as rape as which would entail a jail time for up to 20 years, with caning or fire. In this case, Wee cannot be caned as he is over 50-years of age. 

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The victim was a regular patient at Wee's Clinic & Surgery. She first started seeing Wee for gastric and acne issues. On the day of the assault, the victim was consulting Wee complaining of a gastric issue. She was told to lie in a nearby room for a checkup. She unzipped the jeans as she was instructed and it was then that Wee started to stroke her genital area. 

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The girl started to feel discomfort but did not voice it as she thought it was part of the procedure. A month later, the victim visited the clinic complaining of frequent urination and itch in her genital area. In the examination room, the doctor positioned the victim in such a manner that he was between her legs.

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The victim heard the sound of a zipper and felt something poke her. She saw that Wee's body was moving. She complained of pain after which Wee positioned her once again. It was then that the victim saw that Wee's trousers were unzipped and that he was raping her. 

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She gestured Wee to stop and while she was getting dressed the doctor spoke about the medicine he was prescribing. When she went to the washroom, the girl noticed that she was bleeding. She turned home and washed her genital area with soap and water. She then noticed bloodstains after using the toilet. She told her mother about the incident and made a police report later. The medical examination revealed two small superficial wounds in her genital area and a fresh hymenal tear. 

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