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Crown finishes analysis of migraine, headache patients in Jeffrey Sloka sexual assault trial

The trial of ex-Kitchener neurologist Jeffrey Sloka continued on Tuesday with the Crown wrapping up a review of incidents involving former patients who were suffering from headaches and migraines.

Courtroom set to hear complaints involving patients with loss of consciousness, seizures

The Crown in the case against ex-Kitchener neurologist Jeffrey Sloka has concluded its review of patients who suffered from headaches, seizures. (James Chaarani / CBC)

Warning: This story contains some graphic details.

The trial of ex-Kitchener neurologist Jeffrey Sloka continued on Tuesday with the Crown wrapping up a review and expert testimony about 14 incidents involving former patients who were suffering from headaches and migraines. 

Sloka is facing 50 counts of sexual assault in connection to incidents dating back to 2010. The alleged victims, who were patients seeking treatment, ranged in age from their teens to their fifties. Sloka has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

Sloka had allegedly asked some patients to undress so he could perform a physical or skin examination. It's also alleged he touched his patients' breasts. In some instances, it is alleged he inserted his fingers into the patients.

Neurological expert Dr. Vera Bril discussed each of the 14 cases, outlining what she believed to be medically inappropriate behaviour for a neurologist based on the allegations made by Sloka's former clients. Sloka's medical records, documenting his interactions with clients, were also entered into evidence.

The Crown is set to begin its review of other former patients, who suffered from seizures and loss of consciousness. 

Dr. Bril has also testified that a breast, rectal, or skin exam is not medically reasonable for this type of examination. 

The trial continues on Wednesday.

Read more about this trial and events leading up to it through CBC's coverage here: 

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

James Chaarani is a reporter for CBC Kitchener-Waterloo and London. You can reach him at james.chaarani@cbc.ca.

With files from Paula Duhatschek and Aastha Shetty

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