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Former Sydney oncologist avoids jail for indecent assault of patient's daughter

A disgraced former Sydney oncologist who indecently assaulted the daughter of an elderly prostate cancer patient will not serve time in jail.


John Kearsley, 64, the former head of radiation oncology at St George Hospital and former conjoint professor of medicine at the University of NSW, has been ordered to carry out community service.


Kearsley pleaded guilty in August 2017 to assault with an act on indecency.


Kearsley admitted to touching the 49-year-old woman inappropriately on the breasts and squeezing her nipples during an impromptu breast examination in December 2012.


He has been sentenced to carry out 340 hours of community service.


The latest sentence comes after Kearsley finished 18 months jail for another case, in which he indecently assaulted a young female doctor he was mentoring.


Following sentencing, the victim said she did not currently feel as though her decision to come forward had paid off.


'He's got 340 hours' community service and that's nothing to sneeze at... but the fact that he isn't accountable and detained behind bars and hasn't had his liberty deprived seem to me a little bit light on', she said.


Kearsley said nothing as he left court.


In August 2016, Kearsley was sentenced to a minimum of two years and three months in jail for drugging and indecently assaulting a young female doctor.


His registration was suspended by the Medical Council of NSW, while the University of NSW withdrew his conjoint professor appointment.


Kearsley spiked his junior colleague's wine with the sedative benzodiazepine.


He pleaded guilty to using an intoxicating substance to commit an indictable offence and assault with an act of indecency, but walked free from jail after serving just nine months of his 18-month sentence.


His penalty was slashed in the Court of Criminal Appeal after judges took into account his outstanding medical work before his psychological decline.