A Toronto psychiatrist who claims homosexuality is a "sexual disorder" that can be cured, was just found guilty of sexually abusing at least two of his patients... both of whom are male.
Two of his patients said that his conversion therapy techniques involved having sex with him.
"Neither complainant described any emotional or romantic aspects of the sexual activity with Dr. Iscove, and both said that at some point, they thought that the sexual activity was part of the therapy and an attempt to cure them of homosexuality by engaging in the acts, rather than fantasizing about them", the five-member discipline panel wrote in a decision released this week.
The committee wrote that Iscove was obsessed with discredited theories about homosexuality from the 1950's, including those of Freudian psychoanalyst Edmund Bergler, who said, "There are no happy homosexuals".
The complaints brought against Iscove come from former patients over the last several decades.
The two patients who complained against the doctor are both in their 40s and identities have been protected.
One former patient said that he went to Iscove when he was in his 20's because he had anxiety "associated with fears he was gay".
The medical commission uncovered that Iscove has had multiple sexual encounters with at least two male patients.
In 2001 and 2002, Iscove began offering hugs to the patient at the end of their visits before eventually telling him "you may touch me if you like" and allowing the patient to touch his genitals, according to the committee.
"The sexual activity subsequently progressed to Dr. Iscove removing his penis from his pants, then Patient A doing the same", the panel wrote. "Patient A estimated that such activity occurred on between 10 and 20 occasions with oral sex occurring on one-third of the episodes".
The other patient came to Iscove with depression and anxiety but identified as heterosexual-which Iscove dismissed "as a way of denying his homosexuality", says the panel. The patient thought of Iscove as a "father figure" whom he could ask for advice, but still felt a lot of shame when discussing his fantasies, the committee reported, and often said "what he thought Dr. Iscove wanted to hear".
"(Patient B) considered beginning a homosexual affair with an unspecified male. In 2007, he said that he considered having sex with another man and told Iscove about it. They had anal sex once.
Of course, Iscove denies everything, but that didn't stop officials from suspended his license until a penalty hearing can be scheduled.
During a penalty hearing, doctors found to have had sex with a patient automatically lose their licence.
Dr Iscove's lawyer says,"Dr Iscove has always denied the allegations, he continues to do so, and he's seriously considering an appeal".
Iscove has another disciplinary hearing coming up about "improper conduct in a public men's washroom".