Celeb dentist sentenced for multiple assaults on assistant
A FORMER Sydney dentist who listed film and TV stars among his clients has been given a seven-month suspended sentence for multiple assaults on a female assistant.
Peter David Carr, 73, was found guilty at a hearing earlier this year of one count of common assault and two counts of aggravated indecent assault against a victim under his authority.
On separate occasions between July and December in 2016, the Double Bay dentist pressed his body up against the young woman and tried to kiss her, slapped her on the backside and grabbed her as she walked away, causing her uniform to rip open and expose her bra.
In Sydney's Downing Centre Local Court today, magistrate Daniel Covington imposed a seven-month suspended sentence and two concurrent 24-month good behaviour bonds.
Mr Covington convicted the former cosmetic dentist for all three offences, noting while the charges carried "professional ramifications" Carr was now "in the twilight of his career".
The magistrate considered the most serious offence to be when Carr attempted to kiss the victim "in the circumstances of her going to a funeral as part of her work" while he held the position of head dental surgeon.
Carr has posted pictures on social media in the past boasting clients including Australian actors Cate Blanchett and Michael Caton, media personality Jessica Rowe and model Nicole Trunfio.
Defence barrister James Conomos had submitted his client had "lost his livelihood" and his position as a respected leader in the community.
"Unfortunately for this defendant, he has led a somewhat flamboyant life and that flamboyant life has resulted in more publicity than most offences of this type get at this level," Mr Conomos said.
Carr's victim, now 21, cannot be identified but spoke to media outside court after witnessing sentence proceedings.
"I'm extremely relieved that the case has been closed. It has been an extremely lengthy process and tormenting as well," she said.
"He's been found guilty and let's just hope he learns from his mistakes."