A doctor who demonstrated “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 and made claims that he sexually preyed on them.
Mr. Lagrange was first found to have engaged in “infamous conduct in a professional respect” after having sexual intercourse with a female patient in February 1991.
“The Board found this was a serious case of infamous conduct, as Dr. Lagrange had taken advantage of a female patient during a time when she was particularly vulnerable while she experienced marital difficulties,” the SAT’s decision said.
“She was susceptible due to the pharmacological effect of therapy to improve her perceived reduction in her libido, all under the pretext that the episode would be beneficial in dispelling her anxieties about her libido.”
Mr. Lagrange was re-registered in 1996 for six years, when he was found guilty of improper conduct in a professional respect by the Tribunal.
The board found Mr. Lagrange insisted the patient remove her clothing, despite her saying she was uncomfortable, and told her to bend over while he examined her buttocks.
He also lifted her trousers and underpants and looked down at them, while making “inappropriate comments about her body,” the Tribunal found.
The SAT found he was “callous and disrespectful” to the client during his sessions with her.
Mr. Lagrange was again suspended for a term of 12 months.
In August 2002, the Tribunal found he acted inappropriately by examining his patient’s locket while resting his hand on her chest, enveloped her thighs between his legs, exerted excessive pressure on her thighs and touched her breasts.
He was also struck off in 2003 after the Tribunal found he squeezed another woman’s breasts and watched her urinate during a meeting in 2000.
Another three women came forward against the former doctor in 2019 while he was being investigated by the Medical Board of Australia and leading to the Tribunal’s action.
The tribunal found Mr. Lagrange showed 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 take sexual advantage of his female patients,” the SAT said.
The tribunal found he had disgraced the profession so badly, he was no longer allowed to use the honorific “doctor” and found Mr. Lagrange will “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 behaviors,” the tribunal said.
“Doctors are held in a special position of trust by the general public, and Dr. Lagrange no longer deserves to hold that special privilege.”
His registration was canceled and Mr. Lagrange was disqualified from applying to re-register for 25 years.
The tribunal also imposed an order prohibiting the provision of any healthcare services.
Mr. Lagrange must also pay the Medical Board of Australia’s costs of $77,545.50.
He has never been charged with any criminal wrongdoing.
Medical Board of Australia chair Anne Tonkin said women should expect to feel safe when they consult their doctor.
“Patients trust doctors to act in their best interests, treat them professionally, protect their privacy and never take advantage of them,” she said.
“While the vast majority of doctors in Australia provide the community with excellent medical care, a small number of doctors undermine patient trust when they do not maintain sexual boundaries.
“In these cases, the board will take the necessary action to protect the public.”