The Sudbury Star
Former Sudbury psychiatrist facing more charges
By Harold Carmichael
January 25, 2021

Former Sudbury psychiatrist

Former Sudbury psychiatrist

A Sudbury man accused of practising psychiatry illegally and who sexually assaulted a female patient is facing more charges.

Allan Seltzer, 69, is facing new charges of assault and fraud – both having allegedly occurred in 2015.

He will return to court on Feb. 17 to answer to those charges.

Seltzer will then be sentenced on April 7 to the charge he pleaded guilty to almost a year ago. After pleading guilty, he later indicated he wanted to have the charge struck on medical grounds, but later abandoned the application after consulting with a lawyer.

He told Ontario Court Justice Heather-Ann Mendes he is battling advanced cancer. He has now retained lawyer Danielle Vincent to help him with his sentencing hearing.

“That’s where it is now,” he told Mendes. “She has been retained for this purpose …

“The application has been abandoned, your Honour,” Seltzer said. “I am getting Miss Vincent to help me and hopefully a joint (sentencing) position can be decided.”

Up until recently, Seltzer was acting as his own lawyer.

Seltzer had been scheduled to start a four-day Superior Court of Justice trial last February on one sexual assault and three fraud charges arising from alleged incidents in 2016.

Instead, he pleaded guilty to the sexual assault charge.

He was originally to have been sentenced April 9, but the pandemic has affected court operations.

The court heard Seltzer developed an inappropriate relationship with a female patient that became sexual and resulted in sexual touching and fellatio in two separate incidents in his office.

Seltzer had been a licensed psychiatrist in Canada for a long time, left the country to work in other jurisdictions, but did not re-register with the college when he came back to Ontario.

However, court heard that in 2015 and 2016, he was representing himself as a general psychiatrist with 38 years of experience, marketing his services through a website, and charging $80 to $100 for a 90-minute appointment.

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario hired a female investigator who, in an undercover capacity, booked an appointment with Seltzer as a patient.

The investigator met with Seltzer, was charged $100 for her 90-minute appointment, and given 12.5-milligram tablets of a drug used to treat anxiety and sleep issues.

“He represented himself as a fully practising psychiatrist,” said assistant Crown attorney Ivana Denisov. “By using this guise to attract patients and charge them for services, he was clearly committing the crime of fraud under ($5,000).”

When Greater Sudbury Police officers executed a search warrant at Seltzer’s apartment in 2016, officers seized a variety of materials, including two envelopes containing cash, patient records and receipts.

Seltzer was taken to Health Sciences North out of a concern for his mental health.