Ontario doctor accused of sexually assaulting dozens of patients now faces 59 charges, police say

NEWMARKET, Ont. — York Regional Police on Wednesday laid 10 more sex assault charges against a Newmarket, Ont., doctor whom they have accused of sexually assaulting dozens of female patients. The charges bring the…

Ontario doctor accused of sexually assaulting dozens of patients now faces 59 charges, police say

NEWMARKET, Ont. — York Regional Police on Wednesday laid 10 more sex assault charges against a Newmarket, Ont., doctor whom they have accused of sexually assaulting dozens of female patients.

The charges bring the total number of counts against Dr. Todd Steeves to 59, including nine counts of sexual assault and 21 counts of sexual interference. He was initially charged in September 2017 with eight counts of sexual assault and one count of sexual interference.

Steeves remains in custody while awaiting an appearance in court July 12.

Authorities said a second woman came forward last fall and provided them with evidence that could support the charges, but would not reveal what that evidence was.

“A number of the victims may have travelled to see Dr. Steeves,” Const. Andy Pattenden said in a statement. “The investigation is in its early stages and the number of victims is expected to grow.”

Investigators had originally raided the doctor’s office in November 2017 and seized computers and other items.

They also seized home computers in Toronto in September, but didn’t identify which doctor home computers they seized.

York Regional Police had previously said that if there was new evidence to come to light, they were prepared to add additional charges.

Dr. Todd Steeves and Dr. Sheila Van Keura, who is the practice manager at the clinical partner office, were co-sitting the new patient appointments for the time being, they said.

Both worked in the same building, but are different physicians, at different practices, Pattenden said.

The family physician offices are a medical group headed by Dr. Chuan Jiang, who is also a pediatrician.

Van Keura did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday.

The chief medical officer of health said the University Health Network has worked closely with its community health partners and York Regional Police to ensure the health of the public and vulnerable adults are not jeopardized.

“As you can imagine, our thoughts and prayers are with the many victims impacted by these allegations,” said Dr. Maureen Lennox.

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