A gynaecologist who raped and sexually assaulted 26 of his patients after putting them to sleep first has been sentenced to 15 years in prison.
The doctor, named in reports as Monzer M was sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Zabrze court in the Silesian Voivodeship in southern Poland two years after he was first arrested in the case.
His case began in August 2018 when one of the victims filed a complaint with the police where she said she believed the gynaecologist had assaulted her, and an investigation was launched.
One of his victims was just 14 years old.
Prosecutors found that the doctor’s actions represented a criminal act and reached out to other patients, collecting more evidence.
Reports state some patients have gone online to claim the doctor invented diseases whose treatment resulted in short anaesthesia, and during this anaesthesia, he would rape them.
One woman told Polish media: “On the third visit, when I was lying with my eyes closed, I opened them only because I heard the rustle – it was the rustle of his pants that he was pulling his member from.
“I pushed him away and he was surprised that I pushed him away.”
The doctor was arrested in Zabrze in August and a total of 26 victims were found, with the gynaecologist being charged with rape and sexual harassment.
His crimes took place in doctor’s surgeries in the cities of Zabrze and Gliwice and the town of Knurow.
He also wouldn’t wear gloves while touching his patients.
The trial began in May 2019 without the participation of the public to protect the victims’ wellbeings.
During his trial, he didn’t confess to any of his crimes.
After the doctor was handed the 15-year sentence and a 15-year ban on practising medicine, Wojciech Czapczynski, district prosecutor in Zabrze, said: “We are satisfied with the punishment. We applied for 15 years in prison and the court accepted this.”
Monzer M. will also have to pay out a total 345,000 PLN (£70,000) to his victims – between 8,000 and 20,000 PLN (£1,600 and £4,000) each depending on the damage caused).
The judgement can be appealed but it is unclear if the doctor plans to do this.
Polish media reports Monzer is a Polish citizen of Syrian origin and has lived in Poland for many years.