November 22, 2018
by Australian Associated Press
A Melbourne dentist who sexually exploited his patients and a nurse will spend at least four-and-a-half years in prison.
Nashaat Michael, 60, has been sentenced to seven years and three months in jail after pleading guilty to indecently assaulting eight patients and a staff member between 1996 and 2015.
“They were essentially captive in your chair. It was quite brazen offending,” county court judge Michael Tinney said.
In one case, Michael rubbed a woman’s stomach and put his hand down her pants, touching her pubic hair. She tried to make a sound but had dental equipment in her mouth, and pushed him away.
Michael then put his hand down her jeans, below her underpants and made circles of her pubic area, the court was told.
He would often strike when a nurse was present but unaware and on one occasion when his wife, who worked at the practice, was in the next room.
Michael’s offending dated back to 1996 and continued for decades, Tinney noted.
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