Medical professional charged over sex assault forgery

A MAN has been charged after a medical professional allegedly forged a document claiming a victim of a sexual assault had withdrawn a complaint against him.

The investigation also examined allegations the medical professional engaged another man to intimidate the victim into signing the false document.

Police will allege that in September 2011, a medical professional was the subject of a complaint of sexual assault. He was not charged by police, but action was taken against him by a medical professional body.

Police will allege that in January 2014, the now suspended medical professional produced a document which purported to show a sexual assault victim had withdrawn a complaint against him.

He then engaged a 37-year-old man and allegedly paid him a sum of money and provided him with a large amount of written prescriptions for steroids and other dangerous drugs in exchange for intimidating the woman to sign the false document.

It will be alleged that the man did not follow through with the agreement, but forged her signature himself.

Believing the signature to be legitimate, the suspended medical professional forwarded the letter to a medical professional body.

In May 2014, the medical professional body and a 37-year-old woman made a complaint of forgery to the Queensland Police Service in relation to the document.

On June 15 2014, Cleveland detectives investigating an unrelated matter executed a search warrant at a Victoria Point address.

A 37-year-old Coomera man was arrested for trafficking in dangerous drugs following the location of a number of prescriptions, a prescription pad and a large sum of cash.

It is alleged the 37-year-old Coomera man obtained a significant number of dangerous drugs by filling prescriptions written by the suspended medical professional enabling him to obtain large quantities of steroids as well as Valium, oxycontin and weight-loss tablets which were then allegedly sold online for a profit.

The investigation culminated in the execution of a search warrant on February 10 at a Redland Bay medical facility in which prescription records and medical claims were seized.

Later that day, a search warrant was also executed at a home in Victoria Point.

A 65-year-old man was arrested and has been charged with four counts of supplying dangerous drugs and one count each of attempting to pervert the course of justice, forgery and fraud.

He is due to appear in the Cleveland Magistrates Court on March 22.

Topics:  medical sexual assault

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