A well-known eye doctor has been arrested in connection with an alleged sexual assault that occurred at a Montreal hotel. Dr. Adam Onder Awein, 49, had served as the medical director of the Ear Institute at the University of Toronto. He is also affiliated with the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto.
According to a joint release from Montreal police and Toronto police, a Montreal man alleged that Dr. Awein had acted inappropriately with him during a 2015 night out in Montreal. While in police custody, Dr. Awein has confessed to committing sexual assault on at least one other person.
The investigation was launched when the victim reported the incident to Montreal police in January. His arrest came after a witness came forward about his possible involvement. A number of other potential victims have also come forward and are now being investigated, according to the release. Dr. Awein, who has been employed by the Ear Institute for 14 years, is no longer working for the hospital. The hospital issued a statement to date, which said “We are cooperating fully with the authorities as we have been informed that Dr. Awein has resigned from Ear Institute, which we have been made aware of during our ongoing review of this situation.” He was released from custody Wednesday.
Dr. Awein is not permitted to work in the hospital or in any institutions that are connected to the Ear Institute. He has been working for the university for 15 years.
“We are devastated to learn of these events. Dr. Awein has been suspended from Ear Institute,” said David L. Madani, the president of Ear Institute, in a statement. “As this matter is now before the courts, I ask that you reserve further judgment. We will not be providing further comment.”
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