Police say 26 more charges laid against accused Toronto anesthesiologist

Police say another 26 women have come forward alleging they were sexually assaulted by a Toronto doctor.

TORONTO — Police say another 26 women have come forward alleging they were sexually assaulted by a Toronto doctor.

George Doodnaught, an anesthesiologist, was charged earlier this year with sexually assaulting three female patients.

The 61-year-old doctor was alleged to have assaulted those patients while they were under anesthetic, and police urged other potential victims to come forward.

Today police announced Doodnaught faces 26 additional counts of sexual assault stemming from the new allegations.

In a statement, North York General Hospital says 25 of those charges relate to sexual assaults alleged to have occurred at the hospital during surgical procedures.

Doodnaught was to appear in a Toronto court today.

Police began an investigation into the allegations back in mid-February.

None of the allegations have been proven in court and Doodnaught has not yet had the opportunity to defend himself from the charges.

The accused has been an anesthesiologist since 1981 and had worked at North York General for the past 28 years.

The hospital says he is no longer working at the facility.

It is alleged that one assault took place in September 2009 at the Rice Medicine Professional Corp. on Sheppard Avenue East.

Police say the other assaults occurred at North York General Hospital, with one taking place in June 1992 and the remainder between 2006 and February this year.

Investigators believe there may be more victims and are asking anyone who has more information to contact police.