Canadian doctor arrested on sexual assault charges

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dr. Liysheping Zhou had been employed at Toronto’s University Health Network A Canadian doctor has been arrested on allegations of sexual assault, after being seen in a video…

Canadian doctor arrested on sexual assault charges

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Dr. Liysheping Zhou had been employed at Toronto’s University Health Network

A Canadian doctor has been arrested on allegations of sexual assault, after being seen in a video kissing a patient who had a boyfriend, the Toronto Police Service (TPS) said.

Dr Liysheping Zhou, 38, a Chinese national, has been accused of sexual assault while treating the patient in early 2018.

She was first arrested at the end of January, but the video was not released until this week, the police said.

Dr Zhou works at Toronto’s University Health Network.

‘Not a normal incident’

In a statement, the hospital said: “We were informed of allegations made against a member of our staff who was charged with sexual assault in early January.

“The health network administration team is cooperating fully with Toronto Police and encourages anyone who feels they may have been a victim of assault by the person in this video, or anyone with information in relation to it, to contact police immediately.

“It is important to note that an allegation of sexual assault does not mean that Dr Liysheping has committed an unlawful act.”

It added that it was “not appropriate to discuss the details of the specific allegations because they are before the courts”.

“This is not a normal incident that the University Health Network would normally handle internally or with other stakeholders, but we will fully support the Toronto Police as they investigate and work towards the best interests of those affected.”

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