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Perth child psychiatrist told girl 'sex would help sleep'

  • Former child psychiatrist accused of sexually assaulting two teenage patients
  • Ian Stuart McAlpine allegedly gave one girl a teddy bear as the abuse intensified
  • She began seeing McAlpine aged 16 and would attend therapy in school uniform
  • She told a court that he said in an early session that ‘sex helps’ sleeplessness

Australian Associated Press

A former child psychiatrist accused of sexually assaulting two teenage patients between 1988 and 1990 gave one a teddy bear as the abuse intensified, a Perth court has been told.

Ian Stuart McAlpine is on trial in the District Court of WA, charged with 13 counts of indecent assault and five of sexual penetration without consent.

One of his former patients testified on Tuesday McAlpine gave her a teddy bear for her 17th birthday about three weeks after the abuse progressed beyond kisses.

The woman said she suffered depression after a traumatic childhood, which included the death of two friends in separate car crashes when she was 10 and 12, and being raped by a man in his mid-60s when 15.

A former child psychiatrist accused of sexually assaulting two teenage patients between 1988 and 1990 gave one a teddy bear as the abuse intensified, a Perth court has been told (file picture)

A former child psychiatrist accused of sexually assaulting two teenage patients between 1988 and 1990 gave one a teddy bear as the abuse intensified, a Perth court has been told (file picture)

A former child psychiatrist accused of sexually assaulting two teenage patients between 1988 and 1990 gave one a teddy bear as the abuse intensified, a Perth court has been told (file picture)

She began seeing McAlpine at 16 and would attend therapy straight after school so was wearing her uniform.

She said she didn’t tell anyone about her psychiatrist’s sexual conduct, which ‘progressed’ over time.

‘I thought it was my fault,’ she said.

‘I felt guilty and ashamed.

‘I had no experience with psychiatrists … I didn’t know whether it was normal.’

She said she was embarrassed when he told her in an early session that ‘sex helps’ sleeplessness.

‘I was a shy kid and quite naive and inexperienced. I was a little bit shocked,’ she said.

‘I was confused because I didn’t know if he was suggesting I find someone to have sex with or masturbate or whether he was suggesting I have sex with him.’

 

She said she had a ‘horrible’ relationship with her parents, so ‘it was nice to have someone who seemed to care about me’.

The court heard on Monday from the other complainant, whose 1991 allegations about McAlpine to the Medical Practice Board led to him being struck off.

The woman said he took her virginity on her 18th birthday and she also believed he cared about her.

‘He had me brainwashed to think I loved him,’ she said.

‘I saw him as a god, basically, because he got me better.

‘I now see it as rape because that’s basically what it was.’

She said the relationship ended when she was committed to a mental hospital.

Defence counsel Linda Black said her client admitted having a sexual relationship with that women but insisted it only began the day she became an adult and she consented.

Ms Black said the other complainant’s claims were ‘fantasy’.

The jury has been told McAlpine was convicted in 1997 of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old patient.

Prosecutor Alan Dungey said they should not find the teenagers gave consent freely and voluntarily.

 

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