'My word against his': 28 women sexually assaulted by Calgary doctor, court hears during guilty plea
2020-01-06 from cbc.ca
From MS to seizures to chronic migraines, the women who were referred to Calgary neurologist Dr. Keith Hoyte faced a host of medical conditions and were hopeful he could help. Instead he sexually assaulted dozens of patients over a 30-year period.
On Monday, the day his three-week trial was set to begin, Court of Queen's Bench Justice Jim Eamon accepted Hoyte's plea of guilty to 28 counts of sexual assault.
The 71-year-old admitted to groping and fondling female patients during exams from 1983 to 2013. It took many of the women years, even decades, to report Hoyte to police.
In most cases, it wasn't until they knew there were others who shared a similar story that the women felt comfortable coming forward.
"I didn't have the confidence to say," one victim told police about her delay in reporting. "I knew it was my word against his word."
The victims were between the ages of 17 and 46 at the time of the assaults. A publication ban protects their identities.
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