Simicki's sexual harassment was known, the doctor told iRADIO

His former colleagues appeared in District Court for Prague 8 in a sexual assault case against psychiatrist John Simicki. Hana Fifkova, a sexologist and psychiatrist, testified that in the 1990s she was talked about in a psychiatric hospital in Bonnis about her sexual incontinence. “When I worked at Bonnies, this is what the doctors there said. Dr. Simicki allegedly abused hospitalized patients,” he said.




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John Simicki comes to court | Photo: René Wolfik | Source: iROZHLAS.cz

Sexologist Fifková, who worked in Bohnice between 1989 and 1994, appeared in court as a witness along with Jan Cimicky. He told Peter Novak, the president of the Senate, that Simicki had been talked about, but no one was sure. As previously described by the website iROZHLAS.cz, the indictment shows that in most of the cases, Simicki sexually assaulted his patients.


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Later, patients came to his surgery complaining about four doctors. “The same names kept popping up, one of which was Dr Simicki's name. Based on that, I wrote an attestation thesis,” he said.

He suggested to these old women that they report to the police, but they refused. “They always told me that they didn't want to report to the police. It was logical, many of them didn't dare to speak against the doctor. If it happened in the doctor's office and she didn't defend herself against it, it would look back on the guilt of not being able to defend herself,” she recalls.

When Simiki's name came up, the victims reasoned that he was an important person with connections in high places and there was no way to prove it.

In addition, according to him, it is completely understandable that during a sexual assault, victims cannot defend themselves against Simicki. In the doctor-patient relationship, safety is incredibly difficult.

“The simple story is that when it happens one time, the client diagnoses it as something bad and ends the treatment. A doctor who commits sexual assault during hospitalization and continues for months, it must have a devastating effect on the psyche,” he said. .

Problems at Bohnice

According to him, the situation was resolved only by the former director of the hospital, Zdeňko Bašný. He also appeared in court on Tuesday. As previously reported by the iROZHLAS.cz server, he testified that in the 1990s, the psychiatrist received several inquiries about Simicki's improper behavior.

Former director of Bohnice Zdeněk Bašný (left) and internist Jan Hajicek | Photo: Zuzana Jarolimkova | Source: iROZHLAS.cz

“It was two impulses within a short span of time. They didn't even want to register it as a complaint, neither side wanted to act officially, it was always questionable. Question whether such actions are consistent with medical practice,” he told the court.


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For this he called Simiki twice. But he rejected the allegation, saying patients may have misinterpreted routine communication or basic testing. “I challenged him that female customers cannot explain it this way. He refused. He explained that this is to relieve the tension of the patients. He passed it off as a casual interaction. He touched it,” recalls Pasni.

In the short term he considered the complaints credible, and in 1996 he terminated his employment relationship with Simicki. At the facility, the accused psychiatrist allegedly committed 18 sexual assaults, which prosecutors qualified as extortion due to earlier legislation.

39 actions, all sexual

Prosecutor Adamkova charged psychiatrist Simicki with 39 counts of sexual assault or rape. According to the indictment, he did it mainly on his female patients in Bonn and at Mothra Laguna, a private facility in Prague. Because all of the charges are misdemeanors, he faces a maximum sentence of five years in prison, a state prosecutor's option of three years in prison and a ten-year ban from practicing medicine.

The psychiatrist has long denied all allegations and apologized to the inquest on Tuesday. He decided not to testify in the preliminary proceedings and, after reading the report, opted for the same procedure in the District Court for Prague 8, which is now hearing the case.

“I try to do my job honestly. I express my sorrow for this whole case, which has a great impact on my patients who support me along with my family. I have always tried to build my relationship with patients based on trust,” Simicki said. He accused the investigating police officers of misconduct.

“I must absolutely deny that I have ever engaged in rape or sexual violence or coercion. I still wonder if one of my patients could have misunderstood my actions. My actions were always conducted with the aim of treating the patient, and if some patients understood differently, I deeply apologize for that. , and understand it as a professional failure,” he said.

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