Decision delayed in misconduct case of Dr. Francis Adeagbo
Hearing revealed Adeagbo, who was working in Labrador, fathered child of former patient, 19
A tribunal has delayed its decision on whether former Labrador doctor Francis Adeagbo is guilty of professional misconduct for having a sexual relationship with a former patient.
The tribunal of his disciplinary hearing before the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfoundland and Labrador was set to make a decision Thursday morning in St. John's, but said more time was needed.
The complaint against Adeagbo was that he had a sexual relationship with a 19-year-old former patient in Happy Valley-Goose Bay.
Tribunal says it needs more time and it will issue a written decision on Dr. Adeagbo's allegation of misconduct later. <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/cbcnl?src=hash">#cbcnl</a> <a href="https://t.co/04XQAKEIRz">pic.twitter.com/04XQAKEIRz</a>—@CBCMarkQuinn
An agreed statement of facts submitted Wednesday said Adeagbo became the woman's doctor when she was 18, accepted her request to be a friend on Facebook, and was invited to her 19th birthday party.
The statement said he then ended the professional relationship with the woman, started a consensual sexual relationship — despite his being married — and ended the relationship with the 19-year-old after she became pregnant.
Lawyers for the College of Physicians and Surgeons argued Adeagbo exploited his position of power before the relationship began, constituting professional misconduct. But his lawyer, Liam O'Brien, argued against that.
Adeagbo is now licensed to practise in Alberta and Saskatchewan.
With files from Mark Quinn