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Voyeur gynaecologist sued for intimate photos

The Local · 21 Nov 2011, 12:24

Published: 21 Nov 2011 12:24 GMT+01:00

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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.

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Your comments about this article

16:13 November 21, 2011 by nolibs
Hmm, how are these ladies going to identify their own parts in order to press charges? Another reason why everyone (guilty or not) should use Trucrypt to fully encrypt their systems : )
17:54 November 21, 2011 by raandy
"He is now being prosecuted on a charge of ¦quot;invading the highly personal area of life with photos.¦quot;

By German law, the charge can only be brought with the victim¦#39;s consent."

What kind half baked charge is that.???
20:30 November 21, 2011 by puisoh
@ nolibs .. I share your thoughts. Pls enlighten me when you do have an answer.
22:34 November 21, 2011 by Jack Kerouac
Disgusting behavior of a supposedly trusted professional. Ladies, this is why you always need to go to a female Gynaecologist! For what other reasons would a man be in that field? It's suspicious.
05:32 November 22, 2011 by volvoman9
Turn em upside down they all look alike Eh?
07:59 November 22, 2011 by Englishted
I'm not a gynecologist but I'll look into it.
10:14 November 24, 2011 by Zobirdie
@ Jack Kerouac - Um... That is such a dumb thing to say. Yeah, there are good people and bad people, and good docs and bad docs, but why on earth would you say that all male gynes are suspect?

I am a woman, and I dont generally go to female docs. I prefer male docs. I have many reasons for it. I have never worried about someone taking pics of my Hoohoo, or that they are perving on it. Nor do I see them to flash my hoohoo at them. I just prefer the care.

This is a horrible invasion of privacy, and I feel dreadful for the invasion of these women, but dont bring such gormless sexism into the argument.
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