The hypocrisy of a Toronto-based psychiatrist, who practiced gay “cure” therapy but was busy having sex with male patients, has been discovered and he has been found guilty of sexual misconduct.

During an investigation, Ontario’s medical regulator described 72-year-old Dr Melvyn Iscove as having a “special interest” in treating gay patients. The committee also found that Iscove engaged in sex acts with patients during therapy sessions and once had sexual intercourse with a male patient in his office.

The allegations date back to the early 2000s. The five-member discipline panel said two of the complainants said they thought that the sexual activity was part of the therapy and an attempt to cure them of homosexuality by engaging in the acts, rather than fantasizing about them

Iscove denies all the allegations. Following the panel’s verdict, Iscove’s licence was immediately suspended while a penalty hearing is scheduled.

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