Ontario doctor argued he was too obese to have rubbed his penis against patients

An Ontario dermatologist who argued he was too obese to have rubbed his penis against female patients has been found guilty of professional misconduct.

Two patients alleged Dr. Rodion Andrew Kunynetz pressed his genitals against their legs during the course of an examination.

The Barrie, Ont., doctor maintained that it was impossible for his genitalia to come into contact with the legs of the patients because a fold of abdominal fat covered all or part of his genitals due to his overall obesity.

An Ontario College of Physicians and Surgeons discipline committee found that the allegations of genitalia contact could not be proved, but determined there was contact with the doctor's abdomen that was not accompanied by any form of warning, apology or excuse.

The committee said that amounted to disgraceful, dishonourable or unprofessional conduct.

It found Kunynetz sexually abused another patient when he put his hands inside her bra and fondled her breasts. Kunynetz said he would have stroked the woman's breasts in an attempt to elicit a sign of an illness, but the committee found no justification for the breast examination in the patient's chart.