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Qld doctor accused of patient sex assaults

A central Queensland doctor accused of sexually assault five female patients allegedly fled the country when he learnt of the police investigation surrounding him.

The 53-year-old medical professional has been charged with six counts of indecent assault following the investigation which began in 2013 when one of the victims approached police.

He has been charged with sexually assaulting five female patients, aged from 37 to 57, at two medical facilities in Rockhampton between 2009 and 2013.

He ran his own medical practice, which police allege he shut down once he became aware of the investigation and then left the country, and also consulted at a nearby hospital.

"He left the country in 2014, hence the time between the investigation being finalised and him being charged," Detective Inspector Darrin Shadlow told reporters.

He was arrested by police last week on the Gold Coast.

Police say the allegations include him putting his fingers into the women's mouths and touching their breasts.

Police have appealed for other people who might have similar complaints to come forward.

He will face the Rockhampton Magistrates Court on December 21.

© AAP 2016

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