Doctor charged with assault of two teen girls accused of sending them nude pictures

A Toronto doctor was arrested Friday in connection with the assault of at least two teenage girls, and faces 11 counts of sexual assault, according to The Globe and Mail.

Dr. Ohad Etzioni, a professor of medicine at the University of Toronto, also faces two counts of sexual assault and one count of making obscene material available to someone under the age of 18. He surrendered to police Friday morning. He is currently on suspension from his job.

“He is on leave pending the completion of the police investigation,” spokesman Brian Grayling of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario said in a statement.

The Globe and Mail reported that at least two teenage girls went to a police station on Thursday night alleging Etzioni had sent them sexually explicit messages, for which he had sent nude photos of himself to some of the teenagers.

This is not the first time that Etzioni has been in trouble with the law.

On July 5, 2011, Etzioni was charged with distributing indecent material to minors, according to the National Post. At the time, Etzioni was an instructor with the Canadian Army Research Ethics Unit.

In addition, Etzioni pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony in 2011. The Legal News Network reported that Etzioni had admitted to misprision, or knowing about, a felony but did not report it to the authorities until after he was told to do so.

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