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Doctor arrested over medical test ‘rape’ photos

Police in Bavaria have arrested a 48-year-old doctor for allegedly drugging and raping medical test volunteers, media reported Thursday.

Doctor arrested over medical test 'rape' photos
The Bamberg Clinic, where alleged abuse was reported. Photo: DPA

A search of the vascular specialist 's offices and home produced "huge amounts" of photographs showing the violation of at least four female participants of purported varicose vein research tests he conducted at the hospital in Bamberg according to police. 

The doctor was taken into custody on Wednesday morning.

Authorities were first alerted in July by a medical student participating in the tests after she reported that the doctor had administered an injection without her permission. She lost consciousness for an hour and had no recollection of events.

A subsequent blood test showed that a high dosage of an anaesthetic had been administered and the designated tests were not carried out, Bavarian prosecutors said.

That alone constituted a charge of assault. But examination of the seized photos of the woman and other apparent test participants have resulted in at least three charges of rape and one of sexual abuse.  

"A first evaluation of the impounded materials shows that the hospital doctor clearly exploited the sedated state of his test subject and perpetrated abuse of a sexual nature on his helpless victim, and then documented this photographically," a police statement said regarding the medical student who lodged the complaint.

Officials said the number of victims could rise as more are identified from the photos, many of which show only the subject's genitalia.
 
"We will need some time to identify the injured parties and clarify the circumstances of the acts committed," Bavarian state attorney Bardo Backer told Spiegel Online.

The alleged incidents took place outside normal working hours, colleagues said, otherwise the doctor would not have been alone with test participants.

The accused has worked at Bamburg's Clinic for Vascular Surgery for nine years and reportedly held a senior position since 2007. He had been nationally and internationally recognized for his work.

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German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

A 50-year-old German man was jailed for life Tuesday for shooting dead a petrol station cashier because he was angry about being told to wear a mask while buying beer.

German man jailed for killing petrol station worker in mask row

The September 2021 murder in the western town of Idar-Oberstein shocked Germany, which saw a vocal anti-mask and anti-vaccine movement emerge in response to the government’s coronavirus restrictions.

The row started when 20-year-old student worker Alex W. asked the man to put on a mask inside the shop, as required in all German stores at the time.

After a brief argument, the man left.

The perpetrator – identified only as Mario N. – returned about an hour and a half later, this time wearing a mask. But as he bought his six-pack of beer to the till, he took off his mask and another argument ensued.

He then pulled out a revolver and shot the cashier in the head point-blank.

On Tuesday, the district court in Bad-Kreuznach convicted Mario N. of murder and unlawful possession of a firearm, and handed him a life sentence.

READ ALSO: Shock in Germany after cashier shot dead in Covid mask row

Under German law, people given a life sentence can usually seek parole after 15 years. His defence team had sought a sentence of manslaughter, rather than murder.

At the start of the trial, prosecutor Nicole Frohn told how Mario N. had felt increasingly angry about the measures imposed to curb the pandemic, seeing them as an infringement on his rights.

“Since he knew he couldn’t reach the politicians responsible, he decided to kill him (Alex W.),” she said.

Mario N. turned himself in to police the day after the shooting.

German has relaxed most of its coronavirus rules, although masks are still required in some settings, such as public transport.

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