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Thursday, October 15, 2009
incest, schmincest. 3:22 pm
How would you feel if you found out that your father was also your grandfather?
Doctor's incestuous relationship produced son - ADRIAN LOWE
October 15, 2009
An inner-city Melbourne doctor is expected to soon learn his professional fate for having a four-year incestuous relationship with his daughter, which produced a son.
At age 17, the doctor left his home country and moved to Australia, not knowing his then-girlfriend was pregnant. Six weeks after the baby was born, she was adopted. The doctor never met or saw his baby daughter.
Twenty years ago, the doctor returned to the country and resumed contact with his then-girlfriend, but it was not until 1991 that he met his daughter, then 25.
Within 72 hours of their meeting, the doctor said he felt ''intimacy and closeness'' and, later that year, his daughter moved to Australia and their relationship began. A son was born when the sexual relationship between the doctor and his daughter was ending, he said.
The revelations of the doctor's incestuous relationship were revealed during Family Court proceedings relating to another partner in 2006. He was subsequently charged with incest and was earlier this year sentenced to one year's jail, wholly suspended for two years.
The doctor, his daughter and their son cannot be identified for legal reasons.
Yesterday the doctor, who has been a practising GP since the 1980s, told the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal that he was remorseful for actions that he ''remains in shock about".
''I am unable to give an account of how I managed to allow that behaviour to continue,'' he said. ''[I feel] shame and remorse for the injuries I've caused and the inexcusable nature of my actions.''
The doctor, who sees between 100 and 130 patients each week, said their son, now a teenager, lived with him in Melbourne and he appeared to have coped ''better than anyone could have imagined'' - and was aware that his father was also his grandfather.
Andrew Clements, for the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria, said the doctor's actions were ''reprehensible'', constituted ''gross disregard'' for his daughter's wellbeing and that he should have been aware of the cognitive defects that could occur when a child was born in an incestuous relationship.
He said the tribunal's options included suspension or cancellation of the doctor's practising licence, which, if it did occur, should last until the end of his suspended sentence.
Phillip Priest, QC, for the doctor, said a reprimand was also available to the tribunal and that the Medical Practitioners Board did not see his actions as a risk to the community because it had twice met to discuss the doctor and he had not been deregistered.
''He doesn't raise any spectre of pedophilia,'' he said.
The tribunal also heard that both the doctor and his daughter have other children born to other partners. The tribunal reserved its decision.
--Taken from http://www.theage.com.au
How disturbing. And it really makes me wonder why the daughter isn't blamed here either. After all, if you agreed to all this at the age of 25, I don't think that the excuse of coercion and ignorance is valid any longer!