Voyeur gynaecologist sued for intimate photos

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21 Nov, 2011 Updated Mon 21 Nov 2011 12:24 CEST
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Hundreds of former patients have pressed charges against a German gynaecologist for allegedly taking secret photos of their private parts. Investigators believe the doctor may have violated the trust of 3,000 women.

Around 800 women photographed in the doctor’s practice in the small town of Schifferstadt in the state of Rhineland-Palatinate had now been identified, local state prosecutor Lothar Liebig said, but he added that the investigations would take considerable time, because of the sheer number of photographs.

Over 700 of the women identified so far have now pressed charges. “Only a very small proportion did not want to do this,” Liebig said Monday. Many former patients of the gynaecologist also approached authorities independently.

Investigators discovered more than 35,000 photos of women’s private parts among the doctor’s files. He is now being prosecuted on a charge of “invading the highly personal area of life with photos.”

By German law, the charge can only be brought with the victim’s consent.

DPA/The Local/bk



2011/11/21 12:24

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