More sex abuse charges laid against former Cambridge hospital psychiatrist
By Record Staff
September 29, 2014
Allan Khitab, 76, was arrested Friday and charged with sexual assault and sexual interference related to allegations involving one of his patients in the 1990s.
The alleged victim is a male who was under the age of 14, police said. Khitab is scheduled to appear in court on Nov. 14.
In July, he was ordered to stand trial for allegedly abusing three boys at the hospital in the 1990s.
His recent committal to stand trial on five of six counts followed a preliminary hearing in Kitchener court into allegations involving vulnerable young people at the Cambridge hospital.
Khitab elected to face a judge and jury. His trial will likely be held next year.
That case against Khitab began when local police laid charges in 2012 related to one alleged victim. Two more people subsequently came forward to claim they were also abused.
Their allegations, covering a period from 1991 to 1998, follow more than 30 years of suspicions and investigations into his work with boys.
Khitab was charged in 1999 with numerous counts for allegedly abusing four troubled teenagers in his office at the Cambridge hospital and at his Paris-area home between 1990 and 1994. He was acquitted by a jury on all charges after a trial in Windsor, where the case was moved because of extensive local publicity.
Months after that 2001 verdict, however, Khitab admitted to “boundary violations of a sexual nature” with five male patients at a disciplinary hearing of the Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons.
He was then stripped of his medical licence and signed an undertaking never to practise medicine or psychotherapy anywhere in the world.
In the early 1980s, 23 male inmates at Scottish facilities for young offenders claimed they were assaulted, but Khitab was acquitted of all charges when a judge ruled there wasn’t enough evidence for the case to proceed.
Khitab was in Saskatchewan from 1981 to 1984, where three young male patients at a hospital complained they were abused. Police investigated, but determined there wasn’t enough evidence to lay charges.
In New Brunswick from 1984 to 1989, Khitab was suspended from a Saint John hospital after a patient complained of sexual abuse. He was later found not guilty by a medical advisory committee. He was also tried but acquitted by the New Brunswick college in relation to the same allegations and investigated by police, but not charged, over accusations made by several other boys.
A small, white-haired man who now lives near Hamilton, Khitab has steadfastly insisted he never abused boys despite the pattern of accusations that hung over his career.
In a brief interview earlier this year, he denied any wrongdoing again.
“I am innocent,” he said.
Waterloo Regional Police say they continue to investigate. Call detectives with information at 519-653-7700 or leave information anonymously with Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.