Toronto Therapist Had Sex With Male Patients

Melvyn Iscove will likely lose his license
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 11, 2018 11:00 AM CDT
Mist rises from Lake Ontario in front of the Toronto skyline during extreme cold weather on Saturday, Feb. 13, 2016.   (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press via AP)

(Newser) – A Toronto psychiatrist who considered homosexuality a "disorder" also had sex with male patients in his office—and will likely lose his license over it, Newsweek reports. Melvyn Iscove, 72, has been found guilty of sexually abusing two men who came to him in the 1990s and early 2000s. A committee of Ontario doctors heard that Iscove considered sex acts part of a treatment to help them overcome fantasies. One man, identified as Patient A, met with Iscove over "fears he was gay" and soon found the doctor making advances, the Toronto Star reports. "This progressed on later occasions to mutual masturbation and oral sex," the panel writes.

The other patient came to Iscove with depression and anxiety but identified as heterosexual—which Iscove dismissed "as a way of denying his homosexuality," says the panel. The two men apparently engaged in mutual masturbation and oral and anal sex in his office. Iscove, who denies the allegations, admits that he supports the theories of Edmund Bergler, a psychoanalyst who argued that homosexuality is a mental illness. As Newsweek points out, the World Health Organization disagrees, and many US states and the province of Ontario have banned gay conversion therapy. Iscove is facing a penalty hearing where his license will be on the line. (Read more homosexuality stories.)

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