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Former family physician charged in historical sexual assaults

Halifax Regional Police say the incidents happened at a Dartmouth residence between 2005 and 2007
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A Halifax Regional Police vehicle (Meghan Groff/

A former doctor has been charged in relation to historical sexual assaults.

Halifax Regional Police say the incidents happened at a Dartmouth residence between 2005 and 2007.

Graeme Hamilton Bethune, 74, of Halifax has been charged with one count of sexual assault.

"Bethune was a family physician at the time of the incidents and was in a position of trust in relation to the victim who was a patient," said police in a news release.

Police started their investigation after getting a report in November.

"We are not releasing any further details out of respect and concern for the victim's privacy and wellbeing," they said.

Bethune will appear in Halifax Provincial Court at a later date.

HRP are encouraging any victims of sexual assault to contact them.

"We want victims to know they will not be judged, and will be treated with compassion, dignity and respect throughout the entire investigative process," police said. 

More information on reporting sexual assaults can be found online.  

"Sexual assault investigations are complex," said police. "As part of our victim-centered, trauma-informed approach to sexualized violence, we work closely with victims to ensure they're willing to proceed with a police investigation."

"Police must also ensure the victim's privacy is upheld and well-being is fully considered."

Meghan Groff

About the Author: Meghan Groff

Born in Michigan, raised in Ontario, schooled in Indiana and lives in Nova Scotia; Meghan is the editor for CityNews Halifax.
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