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Dentist arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting patient

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Police in Tamana, Kumamoto Prefecture, have arrested a 61-year old dentist on suspicion of sexual assault after he allegedly groped a patient in her 20s in February.

Police said Shinya Koyanagi, who was arrested on Sunday, is accused of hugging the woman and groping her breasts during an examination, local media reported. Police said Koyanagi has admitted to hugging the patient but denied groping her.

The woman has been a regular patient at the dental clinic since October 2021. She told her father about the incident in March, and he asked police to initiate an investigation.

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Dentists are famously a horny bunch

-11 ( +8 / -19 )

By now it is unexcusable that any health care professional conducts any examination alone with the patient. Either there is an assistant or nurse present or it is done in a relatively open space with partitions so other people can easily notice anything undue. This is done to protect not only the patient but also the health care personnel, accusations can be much more easily confirmed as true or not so everybody has an extra incentive to behave properly.

If the dentists did the examination in a situaiton where the patient can accuse him from groping that means he is already in the wrong.

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Why hugging is that a tender hugging care?

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well he was "stressed" as usual excuse in this case.

guy may forgot his glasses while he was looking for bad teeth on other part of body or so/irony off/

just wondering how many pervets like this lives here under cover of "honest" salaryman,dentist,doctor or even railway employee...

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anesthesia

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All the dentists I have been to here are open plan. Something seems suspicious in this dentistry

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Perhaps one solution would be to video tape treatments like some chiropractors do. It could protect both patient and doctor.

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Rodney

All the dentists I have been to here are open plan. 

Yep. Open plan with multiple chairs, dentists, techs, assistants, etc. Although, my current one does have dividers between the workstations. But, there is always activity of people walking around, so never enough privacy for a grope.

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Any suggestion of alcohol being involved?

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Groped a patient in her 20s in February, reported in March and today is end of June. Wow, that took a long time!!!

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Groped a patient in her 20s in February, reported in March and today is end of June. Wow, that took a long time!!!

They would’ve given him enough time to offer her a financial incentive not to press charges. It’s one of the ways the fiction of law abiding society is maintained. So much for Team Japan huh doc.

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On the other hand, dentists do have enough money to be targets... maybe the dentist isnt at fault thats why he took it to the court instead of jidan.

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Most dentist offices in Japan has an open plan where there are many seats in the open, no privacy. 2. She waited months to report the incident 3. She told her father who asked the police to investigate. This sounds like a very good family dental plan!!! It doesn't add up.
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Any suggestion of alcohol being involved?

the story takes about 10 seconds to scan.

Probably less time than it took you to type that question.

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Thanks @master

No the reason I ask is other posters who have better Japanese than myself sometimes see the article in the Japanese press and fill in the missing details. We only get watered down versions here at times.

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No the reason I ask is other posters who have better Japanese than myself sometimes see the article in the Japanese press and fill in the missing details. We only get watered down versions here at times.

I'm pretty sure the little nugget of information that the dentist has drunk would have made it past the editors.

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re you that clueless, unwarranted touching by anybody is unacceptable behavior

Ops, sorry... didnt read he admitted hugging _

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There has always been a nurse present, sometimes 2, even 3 whenever I've been to see the dentist/doctor in Japan. Once the nurse in charge of the suction device saw it twist out of my mouth and into my nostril and did nothing, just stood there like a moron, the dentist, another moron asked me what was wrong, was I nervous. Unbelievable

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