Bermagui doctor sentenced after sexual assault of female patient

A Bermagui doctor who gave a female patient money and asked her to wear high heels to their appointments has received an 11 month suspended sentence after confessing to indecently assaulting the woman at his surgery in January last year.

District Court judge Andrew Haesler sentenced 61-year-old Cedric Schmaman of Sunset Boulevard, Kianga, to a good behaviour bond of 11 months in Wollongong District Court on June 13.

The January 2016 assault occurred during an injection to treat nausea. “Is this okay, does this feel nice, is this okay?” Shmaman asked his victim.

In March 2016 NSW Police lawfully recorded a conversation between Schmaman and his victim, where he is heard apologising for his “inappropriate” behaviour.

Schmaman was arrested seven days later at the medical centre and taken to Narooma Police Station where he denied the assault.

The woman cried as she read her victim impact statement in Bega District Court, saying the assault had left her with a fear of doctors, and led to an attempt on her own life.

“I just wish I could have a normal life,” she said.

“I feel the offender has broken me. My son is the only reason I keep going.”

Through tears, the victim spoke of wanting to move on from an assault that has left her unable to work or leave the house alone.



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