Doctor Who Practised in Mississauga Loses License Following Disturbing Charges
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario (CPSO) has stripped an Ontario doctor of his licence following serious child porn and voyeurism allegations.
The family and emergency room physician practised in Mississauga (as well as Toronto and other cities) from 1999 until somewhat recently.
Dr. Kevin Johnston (formerly known as Kevin Richard Speight) was stripped of his licence earlier this week by a disciplinary panel of the CPSO after he pleaded no contest to a charge of "conduct unbecoming of a physician." He will also have to pay the organization $5,000.
The move follows serious allegations of child pornography and voyeurism (charges that Johnston was criminally acquitted of).
According to a document released by the disciplinary committee, Johnston visited a website that sold pornographic materials that featured children back in 2010. In October of that year, Johnston purchased "16 discs containing collections of photos from Azov Films. Fourteen of these photos discs contain child pornography."
In 2013, Johnston was acquitted of criminal charges in relation to the aforementioned purchases. According to CPSO, the court found that the Crown "had not led any evidence of an essential element of the offense, namely that Dr. Johnston knew the nature and content of the images that he ordered."
That said, CPSO notes that a report they obtained from Toronto Police confirmed that Johnson was aware of "the nature and content and of the child pornography that he purchased." The pornography in question did not contain explicit sexual activity or violence.
In 2011, Toronto police seized an "Angel Eye" mini video recording system, a micro SD card and an iPhone during a search of Johnston's residence. Two videos featured footage of unknown men using public washrooms (the videos were taken without the men's knowledge or consent).
Johnston was later acquitted of the voyeurism charges associated with the videos.
That same year, Johnston was legally restricted from being alone with anyone—including patients—under 18 years of age. After Johnston was acquitted of the criminal charges, he still refrained from seeing underage patients as part of an agreement with CPSO.
CPSO's statement reads:
"Dr. Johnston must not engage in any professional encounters with patients under the age of eighteen, in any jurisdiction, unless the patient encounter takes place in the presence of a monitor who is a regulated health professional acceptable to the College, and unless the other requirements provided in his undertaking with the College are fulfilled. For further clarity, Dr. Johnston must not be alone with any patient under the age of eighteen during any professional encounter.”
“Dr. Johnston shall post a sign in the waiting room(s) and in each examination room and consulting room, in all his Practice Locations, in a clearly visible and secure location, that states: "Dr. Johnston must not have professional encounters with patients under the age of 18, unless in the presence of a practice monitor acceptable to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario. Dr. Johnston must not be alone with any patient under the age of 18 during any professional encounter."
In March 2016, Johnston chose to stop practicing medicine until his CPSO hearing.
On Oct. 31 2016, his license to practice was revoked.
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