Newcastle Doctor Jeremy Coleman charged with sexual assault

CHARGED: Dr Jeremy Coleman faces seven counts relating to six alleged female victims. Picture: Simone De Peak.

CHARGED: Dr Jeremy Coleman faces seven counts relating to six alleged female victims. Picture: Simone De Peak.

UPDATE, 5pm:

WELL-KNOWN immunologist Dr Jeremy Coleman stands accused of preying on female patients while treating them at his city clinic.

Within hours of Dr Coleman being charged on Thursday with sex assault charges relating to six women between 2003 and 2012, investigators were taking calls with fresh information.

The 63-year-old currently faces seven charges involving women aged between 24 and 55.

The charges include two counts of sexual assault, four counts of indecent assault, and one count of inciting an act of indecency.

The allegations include penetration and groping.

Dr Coleman attended Newcastle police station on Thursday morning where he met with Strike Force Yatala investigators before being charged.

The allergy specialist was overseas when detectives arrived at his Watt Street clinic on March 2 armed with a search warrant.

Strike Force Yatala investigators spent several hours at the clinic, seizing a range of items including patient reports, a computer and DVDs.

The computer and DVDs have been sent away to be analysed by technical experts.

It followed a significant investigation into Dr Coleman, which began in November 2014 after detectives were approached by female patients complaining about the doctor’s behaviour during consultations.

It is understood the alleged victims do not know each other.

The Health Care Complaints Commission is also believed to be aware of the allegations.

Police will allege that Dr Coleman had preyed on the women at his clinic on Watt Street where he specialises in the diagnosis and treatment of allergies.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between 2003 and 2012 and during consultations.

Dr Coleman arrived at the police station with a legal representative and briefly spoke to investigators before he was charged and processed.

He has been granted conditional bail to appear before Newcastle Local Court on April 7.

Acting Detective Inspector Scott Wheeler said Strike Force Yatala was continuing.

“We are encouraging anyone who feels they may be able to assist with the ongoing investigation to contact Newcastle detectives,’’ acting Detective Inspector Wheeler said.

The Newcastle Herald understands that within hours of a statement being released regarding the charges, detectives began receiving further phone calls with fresh information.

It is also understood Strike Force Yatala detectives would need to fully investigate all of the information before any decision could be made on what could be done with it.

Information should be forwarded to Newcastle detectives on 4929 0999 or Crime Stoppers on 1800 333 000.

EARLIER:

A NEWCASTLE doctor has been charged with sexually assaulting six female patients over a 10-year period. 

Police allege the patients were sexually and indecently assaulted by the male specialist during consultations between 2003 and 2012.

Police also allege one of the women had an act of indecency performed on her. 

The women, who are aged between 24 and 55, reported the matters to police and Strike Force Yatala was formed to investigate the allegations.

Detectives searched the Watt Street clinic on March 2 and seized a computer and a number of documents. 

As a result of further inquiries, police say they arrested a man, 63, at 10am on Thursday. 

He was charged with two counts of sexual assault, four counts of indecent assault and act of indecency.

He was granted bail to appear in Newcastle Local Court on April 7. 

Meanwhile, inquiries are continuing and police are encouraging anyone who feels they may be able to assist with the ongoing investigation to contact Newcastle detectives.

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