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Doctor charged with grooming and sexual assault of girl

A doctor recently employed at hospitals in Bendigo and Ballarat has been charged with the grooming, sexual assault and sexual penetration of a 13-year-old girl, but his registration has not been suspended by the Medical Board of Australia.

Dr Obiyo Chigozie Nwigwe, 43, was charged by detectives from the Ballarat sexual offences and child abuse investigation team with 12 charges over his alleged misconduct between January and April 2020. At the time of the alleged offending, Dr Nwigwe was employed as an intensive care specialist at Bendigo Hospital, after completing a stint at the Ballarat Base Hospital in 2019.

The alleged victim is not believed to have been a patient at either hospital.

Obiyo Chigozie Nwigwe is facing charges at the Ballarat Magistrates' Court.

Obiyo Chigozie Nwigwe is facing charges at the Ballarat Magistrates’ Court.

Dr Nwigwe had previously worked at several hospitals in the United Kingdom after obtaining a Bachelor of Medicine in 2001 at Abia State University in Nigeria. He is understood to have emigrated to Australia in 2017, when he first registered with the Medical Board of Australia before joining the Australasian College for Emergency Medicine in 2018.

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