Toronto police arrest 53-year-old doctor in sexual assault probe, take him into custody

Toronto police arrested a 53-year-old Toronto doctor Thursday afternoon in connection with a sexual assault investigation, CityNews reported. Michael Dowling, 53, was arrested around noon and was charged with four counts of sexual assault,…

Toronto police arrest 53-year-old doctor in sexual assault probe, take him into custody

Toronto police arrested a 53-year-old Toronto doctor Thursday afternoon in connection with a sexual assault investigation, CityNews reported.

Michael Dowling, 53, was arrested around noon and was charged with four counts of sexual assault, police told the news outlet.

Police said two 13-year-old girls alleged that Dowling inappropriately touched them in his office between April and June.

Police said they have yet to establish a connection between the allegations against Dowling and a separate sexual assault investigation in his care involving a patient last summer.

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) statement posted on Twitter Friday said in part, “We are aware of the arrest of Dr. Michael Dowling in connection with an alleged sexual assault. The CMA does not and will not condone any type of sexual misconduct involving a patient or his/her health care work.”

In January 2017, Toronto’s police chief said a preliminary investigation into misconduct by Dowling resulted in charges against four men for sexually abusing children at a Toronto Catholic elementary school in the 1980s and 1990s.

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One of the men was also charged in connection with “sexually inappropriate conduct with young patients” that took place while he was a doctor in the 1990s, police said.

Dowling was released on C$75,000 bail and is scheduled to appear in court at a later date.

Anyone with information is asked to call Detective Michelle Celli at 416-808-3228 or Crime Stoppers anonymously at 416-222-TIPS.

Fox News’ Justine Marjan and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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