A Melbourne doctor who had been accused of the rape and sexual assault of a former patient at the Hotel Esplanade in St Kilda has had his charges struck out.
The doctor, who cannot be named for legal reasons, watched a remote hearing at Melbourne Magistrates Court on Friday as prosecutor Ashleigh Harrold applied for all charges to be withdrawn. Ms Harrold did not say why the charges were to be withdrawn.
Deputy chief magistrate Susan Wakeling struck out the charges and ordered Victoria Police to pay the doctor's legal costs.
Police charged the doctor in May on summons with two counts of rape and three of sexual assault following a 14-month investigation by the Bayside sexual offences and child abuse investigation team. Detectives seized CCTV footage as part of their investigation.
Police had alleged the incident occurred in a cubicle for disabled patrons on March 29 last year.
The doctor's lawyers previously said their client denied the allegations.
A source familiar with the police investigation previously said it was to be alleged that the doctor was socialising at the St Kilda landmark when he met the woman, who he had previously treated at a clinic in a bayside suburb.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency suspended the doctor's registration as a medical practitioner in July last year.
The agency has been contacted for comment on the doctor's suspension.
The Age is unable to name the doctor after his legal team this year obtained a suppression order by claiming the public identification of his client would cause significant psychological harm to the doctor and his wife, and damage his professional standing and earning capacity.
If you or anyone you know needs support, you can contact the National Sexual Assault, Domestic and Family Violence Counselling Service on 1800RESPECT (1800 737 732), Lifeline 131 114, or Beyond Blue 1300 224 636.
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