November 4, 2021
by Annabel Oromoni, Law Times
Alexandru Tanase, a dental hygienist, convicted of sexual abuse for cleaning his wife’s teeth and whose license was revoked by the College of Dental Hygienists of Ontario, has applied for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court after attempts to overturn the penalty at the divisional and appeal court failed.
“We filed an application for leave to appeal to the Supreme Court of Canada and are awaiting a decision on whether leave will be granted,” says Seth Weinstein, Tanase’s lawyer.
Daniel Freiheit, a lawyer representing doctors and hygienists in corporate and regulatory compliance matters, says if the decision stands, Tanase risks losing his income as a dental hygienist and will be seen as having committed sexual abuse under the statute even though his wife would strongly disagree with that label.