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Victims forced to wait for compensation from Eltham sex offender

A child sex abuse victim who waited 30 years for justice must now wait for compensation.
The County Court has ordered former Eltham doctor and convicted pedophile David Alan Bowen to pay $210,000 in compensation to his two victims.
Among the highest awards for compensation under the Sentencing Act in Victorian history, it came a day after the Court of Appeal cut the 64-year-old’s sentence by four months.
But the victims will now have to apply to the Department of Justice to request that property seized after Bowen was sentenced last year be used for the pay-out.
Property and shares worth more than $1 million were seized last March.
In court on Friday, February 29, Bowen was accused of hiding assets to avoid paying compensation.
Bowen had told the court he was barely solvent and could only hand over $20,000.
But Judge James Duggan said he did not believe Bowen, a well-established GP with no family to support.
“When one looks at the history of recent transactions, it seems to me that the likely explanation for his current position is that he attempted to place his assets beyond reach to the extent that he can,” he said.
Slater and Gordon lawyer Adam Hill, acting for one of the victims, said his client could not understand why Bowen’s 21-month sentence was cut by four months the day before such significant compensation was awarded.
“My client is grappling with the correlation between the two,” Mr Hill said.
Justice Frank Vincent reduced Bowen’s sentence yesterday, saying the sentencing judge had erred in treating two of the 18 charges as sex offences.
Bowen had pleaded guilty to 11 counts of indecent assault and seven counts of gross indecency against two boys, who were 12 and 14 when the abuse began.
Mr Hill said his client was haunted by the abuse, which had impacted on his adult life and relationships.
The lengthy legal proceedings were extremely distressing, he said.

diamond-valley-leader.whereilive.com.a (1-3-2008)

Doctor jailed again for sex assaults

A doctor jailed in 2005 for sexually assaulting two boys was today given another prison sentence for offences against five other youths.
A Melbourne judge told David Alan Bowen, 67, he abused his position as a doctor to commit the offences.
Judge Michael McInerney said Bowen treated the crimes as “something he thought he was totally safe doing” because he believed there was no threat to him.
Bowen pleaded guilty in the County Court to five charges of indecent assault against the boys more than 30 years ago.
He was previously jailed for abusing two boys aged 12 and 14 in the 1960s and 1970s.
But after The Age reported in 2009 that Bowen had sought to be re-registered the victims of the new offences came forward.
In his sentencing remarks this morning, Judge McInerney said the boys, then aged between 11 and 17, were assaulted by Bowen during medical examinations.
He said that while the prosecution and defence agreed that the crimes were at the lower end of heinousness, the offences had a great effect on the victims and were a breach of trust against vulnerable boys.
Judge McInerney said Bowen had demonstrated remorse and suffered depression, which was the result of his own criminality.
He was jailed for two years but the judge suspended the sentence for three years.

www.theage.com.au (7-4-2011)
Steve Butcher

Pedophile doctor David Alan Bowen loses medical licence for four months

A pedophile doctor has been stripped of the right to treat patients and may face fresh allegations after a dramatic about-face by medical authorities yesterday.
The Medical Practitioners Board cancelled Dr David Alan Bowen's medical licence four months after he was released from jail for sexually abusing boys, aged 12 and 14, in the 1960s and '70s.
A fortnight ago lawyers for the board recommended a disciplinary panel give the suspended doctor back his licence so he could work as a family GP in Eltham, based on their belief there was no evidence suggesting he had assaulted patients.
But the recommendation was reversed yesterday -- nine days after the Herald Sun revealed witnesses had come forward, after reading about the case, alleging they were assaulted by Dr Bowen while underage patients.
At yesterday's reconvened hearing, counsel assisting the board, Andrew Clements, told the panel that although new statements had been received they could not be considered under the terms of the current case.
However, he told the panel he had changed his original recommendation and now believed it was appropriate to deregister Dr Bowen after learning the panel did not have the authority to order him to be assessed by the Sexual Misconduct Assessment Service.

www.dailytelegraph.com.au (17-3-2009)
Grant McArthur

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