75-year-old retired General Practitioner Con Kyriacou appeared before the Melbourne, Australia Magistrates Court for the first time on Monday after the Crown charged the former doctor with numerous complaints of the rape and sexual assault of his patients.
The doctor is currently charged with four sexual offenses allegedly committed from 1978 to 2004, and the police investigation against him remains open. He has been charged with 34 total offenses, including the indecent assault of a child who was 16 years of age, as well as three counts of rape with sexual penetration, according to the AAP.
The alleged offenses are said to have occurred at the former doctor’s Hawthorn clinic.
According to the AAP, Kyriacou called the rape charges against him by fifteen women “stupid”, as he laughed off the allegations that have been brought against him outside of the courthouse on Monday.
Many accusations about Dr. Kyriacou’s behavior have been submitted over the years to the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA), but there were no charges filed against him until recently.
Included in the complaints were accusations made in 2016 by three women, Maria Moutsidis (also known as actress Maria Mercedes), 61, Sandra Rokebrand, 52, and Suzii Crowley, 49. The AHPRA claims it has been investigating their accusations of misconduct For the past two years.
Kyriacou surrendered his medical license a year after those accusations were made, in August of 2017, at which time the former doctor claimed that he suffered from a brain injury.
With no charges having been brought as of last November, the three women decided to go public. They told their stories of alleged sexual abuse at the hands of the doctor to the newspaper The Age. The shocking story prompted a police investigation which has finally resulted in opening a Pandora’s box of seamy and disturbing charges against the former physician.
The publishing of the three womens’ stories led dozens of other women to come forward with their own claims of abuse. The Victoria Police’s sexual offense and child abuse investigation team (SOCIT), located on Box Hill, decided to launch a new investigation into Dr. Kyriacou.
Kyriacou and his lawyer are still claiming that he suffers from cognitive impairment. This medical diagnosis will undoubtedly be challenged during professional misconduct proceedings that will be conducted this month by the health regulatory authorities at the Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal.