Christchurch doctor guilty of 12 sex offences

Christchurch GP Rakesh Chawdhry has been found guilty of 12 sex offences committed against patients - and now police are encouraging any other patients concerned about their treatment by Chawdry to come forward.

Chawdhry, aged 62, pleaded not guilty to the 15 charges of indecent assault and one of sexual violation by unlawful sexual connection.

The charges were against 14 men he treated while working at Riccarton Clinic from 2011 to 2015. The men alleged Chawdry handled them inappropriately during physical examination.

He was found guilty of 11 counts of indecent assault and guilty of the charge of sexual violation. He was found not guilty on four counts of indecent assault.

There was no reaction from Chawdhry as the verdicts were read out.

Police are making enquiries into "several new complaints" and are calling for others who may be concerned about their treatment by Chawdry to come forward to police.

Police say any other victims who come forward will be treated with respect and confidentiality. 

Judge Jane Farish issued her written verdict in the Christchurch District Court.

The trial began in November last year.

Chawdhry has been remanded for sentencing on 21 February.

Police can be contacted on 03 363 7400 and ask for Detective Sergeant Marc Boodee or Damon Wells, or report anonymously via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.