Dr. Francis Adeagbo is waiting for a verdict in his professional misconduct hearing.
Adeagbo works at the Family Medical Clinic in Lloydminster, but the allegation is from his time in the Happy Valley-Goose Bay area. He had worked in that community before to his arrival in the Border City.
Adeagbo is currently practicing under a condition that a chaperone is present when he sees female patients. That’s according to a previous report from CBC Newfoundland.
However, his colleague at the Family Medical Clinic Dr. Raffath Sayeed says that the condition doesn’t apply to all kinds of examinations, rather being only in place for “sensitive investigations”.
Adeagbo’s hearing was held near the end of November. According to multiple news reports, it came out that Adeagbo fathered the child of a former patient.
According to an agreed statement of facts, Adeagbo saw the woman as a patient before her 19th birthday party. He attended the party and told the woman he could no longer treat her as a patient. The pair had already begun to message each other on Facebook. Their relationship developed until October when the woman became pregnant.
Lawyers acting for the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Newfound and Labrador have argued that Adeagbo exploited his position of power before the relationship began, and Adeagbo’s lawyer, Liam O’Brien, has argued against that position.
O’Brien reportedly said his client felt guilty and ashamed, but did not exploit his influence as a doctor with the woman, and brought disrepute on himself, not his profession.
A ruling has still not been released, as the College says it needs more time.
A link to the report from the tribunal can be found here.