A former doctor from New South Wales, Australia has been denied bail and is being held on charges of alleged sexual assaults and genital mutilations of surgical patients.

Graeme Reeves, 58, who was banned from practicing obstetrics by the Medical Board in 1997, has been charged with 17 offenses against 10 women, Detective Superintendent John Kerlatec said. Despite the ban, Reeves continued to see and operate on patients at least through 2003.

Police said he was charged with nine counts of aggravated sexual assault, six counts of indecent assault, one count of female genital mutilation and one count of maliciously inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Reeves was arrested in the Sydney suburb of Baulkham Hills Wednesday morning after extensive investigations into more than 113 allegations of patient misconduct between 2001 and 2003 at Baulkham Hills and at Bega on New South Wales' south coast.

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