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Canadian doctor who assaulted patients during surgeries sentenced to 10 years in prison

A Canadian anesthesiologist convicted of sexually assaulting 21 sedated women during surgeries has been sentenced to 10 years in prison.

A Toronto judge said Tuesday that Dr. George Doodnaught exploited the extraordinarily high degree of trust the patients placed in him and his conduct was "reprehensible in the extreme."

Doodnaught was convicted in November of sexually assaulting the women while concealed from other medical staff only by a surgical drape. The first six assaults were spread over 3 1/2 years and 15 others in the last six months before he was stopped.

All but one of the assaults happened at North York General Hospital in Toronto.