Patients to sue estate of voyeur therapist

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Former patients of a Canadian massage therapist are suing his estate, following the discovery of videos taken of patients during their treatment.

Global News Canada reported that police had discovered the videos after the death of Pierre Charles Wust who had worked at the Myoflex Rejuvenation Clinic in Fredricton, New Brunswick. He died in January of this year. Following his death, the executors of his will discovered videos and photos of more than one hundred women who’d been secretly filmed while undergoing treatment.

Police in Fredricton are asking Dr Wust’s former patients to come forward. A former patient of the therapist, Pamela Jo Moxon told Global News the police had contacted her about him filming her daughter.

Asked to identify herself

Another woman, Lori Wheeler had been friends with the doctor and had been holidaying in Ireland when the Fredricton police department called her, asking her if she could identify herself on a film. She said she felt it had been a “slap in the face” because she had known and trusted the doctor.

Patient Bridget Ann Thornton said she’d only gone to Dr. Wust on one occasion and said she felt uncomfortable as soon as she stepped in his treatment room. Her gut feeling had been to leave, something she said afterwards showed the importance of trusting your instincts.

Since the discovery of the videos and photos, the police have identified forty of the women filmed. John McKiggan of McKiggan Hebert Lawyers said the police were struggling to identify all the women in the video tapes. In the case of Pamela Joi Moxon, her daughter was only 15 when she was filmed.

Anxiety and depression

Ms Moxon said her daughter already suffered from anxiety and depression, and had needed to see her mental health therapist following the news.

The Fredricton police confirmed they were investigating a complaint of voyeurism against a deceased individual and added they were confident there was no further threat to the public.

Mr McKiggan added that Wust’s activities hadn’t been about creating a scrapbook for patients, but taking the films and photos for sexual purposes and without asking the women’s permission.

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