‘Frothing at the mouth’: Patient slams ‘monster’ psychiatrist who sexually assaulted her
By Reid Butler
March 28, 2019
“He was frothing at the mouth. It was disgusting, I really felt violated,” Jodie Fisher told A Current Affair in an exclusive sit-down interview.
Ms Fisher first visited Dr Rajan Thomas at Delmont Hospital in 2011 after the death of her father and her son.
“He took advantage of me when I was at my most vulnerable,” she said.
Over the course of four years, the 69-year-old’s behaviour became increasingly predatory.
He would talk constantly about sex and even showed his patient pornographic material.
“I’d never seen a psychiatrist before so I wasn’t sure if that was the right thing that they’re meant to show me,” Ms Fisher said.
“He would also sit at his desk at the start, and then as time went on he’d get a little bit closer then he’d start to come and hold my hand.”
With his expert knowledge of psychiatric drugs, Thomas would continually change Ms Fisher’s medication.
“He was just feeding me drugs, giving me lots of samples, giving me different drugs so I’d have to go back there every two weeks, every week.”
Ms Fisher’s mother Carol told A Current Affair she felt helpless.
“It was heart wrenching to watch your daughter go through such pain,” she said.
In November 2015, Thomas took his predatory behaviour a step further.
“He came over and put his hands down my clothes into my bra, nearly ripped my bra off. He was reaching his hand around my back trying to get his hands down my pants,” Ms Fisher said.
“He tried to kiss me and I just froze.”
Police arrested Thomas and he initially pleaded not guilty to the assault, but changed his plea when investigators found his DNA on the inner-part of his patient’s bra.
Thomas no longer has a medical license.
He will be sentenced in Victoria’s County Court tomorrow, and faces a maximum penalty of 10 years.