Child abuse charges

A FORMER psychiatrist from the Hillview Terrace Hospital (also known as the Hillview Child and Adolescent Clinic) has been charged with sexually abusing three patients.

Police from WA’s child abuse taskforce charged 68-year-old Ian Stuart McAlpine of West Leederville with 26 counts of indecent assault, eight counts of sexual assault, five counts of indecent treatment of a child under 14 and one count of defilement of a girl under 13.

The offences were alleged to have occurred between 1985 and 1992.

Hillview opened East Vic Park in 1985, but was closed after 10 years following a damning report by Perth lawyer Neil Douglas which found inappropriate physical contact between patients and staff, a dominant nursing culture and rorting.


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