Former Kitchener neurologist charged with 34 counts of sexual assault

Former Kitchener neurologist charged with 34 counts of sexual assault

WATERLOO—A former Kitchener neurologist faces 34 separate counts of sexual assault against women.

Jeffrey Scott Sloka, 50, was arrested on Tuesday morning by Waterloo Regional Police’s special victims unit in connection to an ongoing sexual assault investigation.

Each count represents a different woman. It is alleged Sloka sexually assaulted patients under his care from January 2010 to February 2017.

“Obviously the concerning part here is the number of victims, which I would say is rather high,” said Const. Andre Johnson. “There may be more victims.”

The Waterloo man appeared in Kitchener’s Ontario Court of Justice on Tuesday afternoon. He was wearing a white T-shirt, dark pants and was clean shaven. He is scheduled to appear in court again on Thursday.

Dr. Scott Sloka

The criminal charges follow disciplinary action earlier this year by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. The disciplinary action was non-criminal.

On April 30, Sloka agreed to never practise medicine in Ontario or any other jurisdiction after his licence was revoked by the college for sexual abuse of several female patients. That agreement confirmed Sloka was the subject of a further 22 investigations.

Sloka pleaded no contest at the hearing held in Toronto by the doctors’ college, which regulates the medical profession in the province by setting qualification requirements and standards of practice and professionalism.

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“These patients were exploited and deceived by Dr. Sloka for his own sexual purposes. They turned to him seeking help for their medical needs and he preyed on them, “ said college prosecutor Morgana Kellythorne.

Sloka had an office at Grand River Hospital and privileges at St. Mary’s General Hospital.

He was referred to the college’s discipline committee after allegations of professional misconduct. Restrictions were placed on his practice in September 2017, requiring a monitor who would submit reports to the college to be present during all patient encounters.

The hearing included Sloka’s encounters with four women who were his patients between 2010 and 2018. At least one patient was a teenager at the time, living in a group home.

Two mentioned their discomfort to other doctors who made reports to the college, and two patients contacted the college after learning about the allegations against Sloka.

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The complaints included being asked to undress completely or not being adequately draped during an examination, touching of their breasts, close skin examinations in the nude, and inserting ungloved fingers into a patient’s vagina and rectum.

One patient told her family doctor that she believed she had been “felt up” by Sloka.

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The statement of uncontested facts concluded that the touching was of a sexual, not clinical nature for all four patients.

Kellythorne said in her submission to the discipline committee that “Dr. Sloka sexually abused multiple patients during medical examinations. Patients are at their most vulnerable in the examination room, where they rely on doctor’s expertise and professionalism when it comes to being physically touched or directed to undress.”

Johnson said multiple people came forward to police after the college ruling when Sloka’s licence was revoked, and the investigation is ongoing.

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