Ian Stuart McAlpine, Aussie Psychiatrist, Charged with Sexually Abusing 3 former child patients

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Former child psychiatrist faces 40 child sex abuse charges in Perth court
Joel Kelly
July 27, 2016

Psychiatrist Ian Stuart McAlpine

Psychiatrist Ian Stuart McAlpine

A 68-year-old man accused of sexually abusing three children while working as a child psychiatrist about 30 years ago has faced court.

Ian Stuart McAlpine intends to plead not guilty to all 40 charges against him.

Mr Alpine’s bail was renewed and his case has been adjourned until October 20 at Perth Magistrates Court.

He had no comment to make outside court.

The West Leederville man faced court today over child sex offences alleged to have occurred while he was working as a child psychiatrist between 1985 and 1992.

Police arrested the 68-year-old man on July 7 and charged him with 40 offences against three children.

Police allege the man sexually abused the children when he was a practising child psychiatrist at Hillview Terrace Hospital, Cambridge Private Hospital and a private practice in Subiaco.

The children were aged between 11 and 17 years at the time of the alleged incidents.

Police say the man was deregistered from practice in February 1992.

He has been charged with 26 counts of indecent assault, eight counts of sexual assault; five counts of indecent treatment of a child under 14 years and one count of defilement of a girl under 13 years.

The arrest was the result of a Taskforce Tonalite investigation.

The taskforce is an arm of the WA Police Child Abuse Squad, established in 2010 to investigate historical child sexual abuse, including allegations stemming from the Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sex Abuse.

The Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists released a statement saying it was “deeply troubled” by recent reports of the charges against Mr McAlpine.

RANZCP said Mr McAlpine was removed as a member of the college in 1992 after he was found guilty of “unprofessional conduct” by the Medical Board of Western Australia.

Ian Stuart McAlpine