A doctor who showed “calculated and opportunistic sexual misconduct” by preying on his patients has been banned from practicing for 25 years.
Lucien Lagrange was found guilty of professional misconduct by the WA State Administrative Tribunal in December 2021 after three women came forward with allegations that he sexually assaulted them.
Sir. Lagrange was only found to have engaged in “disreputable conduct in a professional respect” after having intercourse with a female patient in February 1991.
“The board found this to be a serious case of egregious conduct as Dr Lagrange had taken advantage of a female patient at a time when she was particularly vulnerable while experiencing marital difficulties,” the SAT’s decision said.
“She was receptive because of the pharmacological effect of therapy to ameliorate her perceived reduction in her libido, all under the pretense that the episode would be beneficial in removing her anxiety about her libido.”
Sir. Lagrange was re-registered in 1996 for six years when he was found guilty of professional misconduct by the tribunal.
The board found that Mr Lagrange insisted the patient remove her clothes, despite her saying she was unwell, and told her to bend over while he examined her buttocks.
He also lifted her trousers and knickers and looked down into them while making “inappropriate comments about her body”, the court found.
The SAT found he was “harsh and disrespectful” to the client during his sessions with her.
Lagrange was again suspended for a period of 12 months.
In August 2002, the Court found that he acted inappropriately by examining his patient’s locket while resting his hand on her breast, cupping her thigh between his legs, applying excessive pressure to her thigh and touching her breasts.
He was also struck off in 2003 after the tribunal found he pinched another woman’s breasts and watched her urinate during a meeting in 2000.
Three more women came forward against the former doctor in 2019 while he was being investigated by the Medical Board of Australia, leading to the tribunal’s action.
The court found that Mr Lagrange displayed a “willingness to take advantage of female patients who were either physically or emotionally vulnerable over a period of three decades”.
“Mr Lagrange had been found on numerous occasions to have engineered and manipulated situations to allow him to sexually exploit his female patients,” the SAT said.
The court found that he had disgraced the profession so badly that he was no longer allowed to use the honorific title of “doctor” and found that Mr Lagrange would “never be fit” to practice again.
“Mr Lagrange has demonstrated instances of calculated and opportunistic sexual misconduct and has failed to demonstrate any insight into his conduct,” the court said.
“Physicians are held in a special position of trust by the general public and Dr. Lagrange no longer deserves that special privilege.”
His registration was canceled and Mr Lagrange was disqualified from applying for re-registration for 25 years.
The court also issued an order prohibiting him from providing any health care services.
Lagrange must also pay the Medical Board of Australia’s costs of $77,545.50.
He has never been charged with any crime.
President of the Medical Board of Australia, Anne Tonkin, said women should expect to feel safe when consulting their doctor.
“Patients trust doctors to act in their best interest, treat them professionally, protect their privacy and never take advantage of them,” she said.
“While the vast majority of doctors in Australia provide excellent medical care to the community, a small number of doctors undermine patients’ trust when they fail to maintain sexual boundaries.
“In these cases, the board will take the necessary steps to protect the public.”