Nature of Action: Pursuant to section 35(1)(a) of the Health Professions Act (the “Act”), the Inquiry Committee made an order restricting the practice of the registrant, Leonard Krekic, subject to certain conditions, including that Mr. Krekic have a chaperone approved in advance by the College present at all times during the consultation, assessment, examination or treatment of female patients while the order remains in force and effect, and regular reporting on the use of chaperones.
Reasons: The College received a complaint from a female patient alleging that Mr. Krekic engaged in sexual misconduct during the provision of massage therapy to her, by engaging in non-therapeutic touching of sensitive areas of the patient’s body, inappropriate contact of Mr. Krekic’s body with the patient, and exposure of sensitive areas of the patient’s body.
The Inquiry Committee was satisfied that there is a prima facie case of sexual misconduct as well as a real risk to the public which requires that the public be protected by an interim order during the investigation. The Inquiry Committee was satisfied that the risk to the public will be protected in a sufficient and proportionate manner through conditions requiring Mr. Krekic to use an approved chaperone who must be present at all times during the consultation, assessment, examination or treatment of female patients and with regular reporting to the College on the use of chaperones.
Important Note: Limits, conditions and suspensions ordered by the Inquiry Committee under section 35(1) of the Act are made to protect the public during an investigation or pending a hearing of the Discipline Committee. Measures taken under section 35(1) of the Act pertain to allegations which are and remain unproven unless admitted by a registrant or determined by the Discipline Committee.