More importantly, why are Canadian women choosing to use a Muslim dentist in the first place? Toronto Muslim dentist, Amir Haydarian (right), charged with several counts of sexually assaulting patients and sexual interference with minors is still allowed to treat patients without being required to notify patients of the impending charges.
CBC (h/t Marvin W) More than six weeks after being charged with multiple counts of sexual assault and sexual interference involving minors, with patients alleged to be among the victims, a Toronto dentist continues to practice. He is currently out on bail.
4 counts of sexual interference with a child under the age of 16
4 counts of sexual assault
5 counts of assault
1 count of making a death threat
His patients, however, likely have no idea what Amir Haydarian, 54, is accused of.
With the exception of a notice on the website of the provincial dental regulator, Haydarian is not required to post a notification of the charges on his website or in his office or to notify his patients. He has continued to take appointments at his practice, the Mount Pleasant Dental Centre in Midtown Toronto.
“People have a right to know,” said University of Toronto bioethicist Kerry Bowman.
“Legally, it’s quite complicated, but ethically, you have to have mechanisms where, if you believe there is any significant risk to a person — and particularly a child — that notification needs to be made clear to the public.”
The identities of the alleged victims and the specifics of the accusations are covered by a publication ban. But CBC News has confirmed that the alleged victims include children under the age of 16 and that some of the alleged victims were Haydarian’s patients.
Under rules established by the Royal College of Dental Surgeons of Ontario (RCDSO), a dentist facing criminal charges is required to notify the college. But in Haydarian’s case, the college learned of the charges from an alleged victim.
Neither the police nor the courts are required to notify the RCDSO of criminal charges against members of the professional organization, which serves as the regulatory body for dentistry in the province.
A separate disciplinary panel could revoke the dentist’s licence or take some other action. The college has not indicated which, if any, sanctions it’s considering or whether the initial committee has imposed any conditions since the Aug. 7 hearing.
In the days before the panel hearing, Haydarian’s office continued to book appointments for him.
“The dentist has a right to a full and complete review, but also during that time, people have got to be alerted and protected,” Bowman said. “You’re really putting up bureaucracy rather than protecting people.”