Ex-psychiatrist to stand trial over sex abuse allegations
Waterloo Region Record
By Brian Caldwell
The committal after a one-day preliminary hearing means Khitab, 77, is now scheduled to face new allegations involving four former patients.
A small man with white hair, Khitab listened in a Kitchener courtroom this week while the latest alleged victim described events he said happened two decades ago.
Allegations of sexual abuse have dogged Khitab for more than 30 years, starting in Scotland in the early 1980s and continuing in three Canadian provinces after he moved here to practice.
Last summer, he was ordered to stand trial in Superior Court for allegedly abusing three boys at the Cambridge hospital while he worked there in the 1990s.
The case began when Waterloo Regional Police laid charges in 2012 involving one alleged victim. Two more men came forward to allege they were also abused, followed by fourth man last fall.
Khitab was charged in 1999 with numerous counts involving four alleged victims over incidents in his office at the Cambridge hospital and his home, then in the Paris area.
After a trial that was held in Windsor due to extensive local publicity, he was acquitted by a jury on all charges in 2001.
Months later, 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.
As a result, he was stripped of his medical licence and agreed never to practice anywhere in the world.
Despite his admission in that case — and allegations that surfaced in Scotland, Saskatchewan and New Brunswick — Khitab continues to insist he is entirely innocent.