A Sydney psychiatrist who told an alleged child sex offender that his behaviour was “OK” and “should be allowed” has been banned from practising for two years.
Dr Ian Morris de Saxe had been suspended from practicing since September, after the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal found he had engaged in professional misconduct in relation to three patients.
The tribunal on Tuesday found that Dr de Saxe was not currently fit to practice “and that he may remain so for some time”.
“Young males particularly remain vulnerable, as the practitioner recognises,” the tribunal found.
Dr de Saxe told one patient — a 36-year-old man who was alleged to have had sexual contact with children — that he did not agree with the law and that “it was alright to do this”, saying “in other countries it is legal” and “back in Greek times it was OK,” the tribunal found.
He was also found to have offered to lie for the patient, whom he was treating at Mosman Private Hospital in August and September 2010, by providing false or misleading information to be used in the patient’s defence in court.
The tribunal found that he had looked into the patient’s eyes while the man was talking about his sexuality, and invited the patient to engage in a sexual act with him.
However, Dr de Saxe claimed to have no recollection of this.