"In 2004 Dr Mehta groomed a 15-year-old deaf girl online for sex before arranging to meet her at a pre-arranged location, only to be arrested by a police officer in the US state of Texas,” reports ABC's 7.30.
An Indian-origin radiologist, Dr Max Mehta aka Dr Robert Taylor, has had his medical registration revoked.
ABC’s 7.30 and 9news have reported that it was revealed that Dr Mehta had fled charges of sexual assault in the US.
Dr Mehta purportedly skipped US$100,000 ($132,615) in bail.
According to a report by 9news, in 2004, “Dr Mehta groomed a 15-year-old deaf girl online for sex before arranging to meet her at a pre-arranged location, only to be arrested by a police officer in the US state of Texas.”
It is alleged that Dr Mehta subsequently fled and relocated to New Zealand.
Two years later in New Zealand, he changed his name to Robert Taylor.
Then, Dr Mehta aka Dr Taylor relocated to Perth in Australia.
Here, he worked until last year when details regarding his alleged criminal history in the US emerged.
After these revelations, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) suspended Dr Mehta aka Dr Taylor’s medical licence.
The Medical Board of Australia has also cancelled Mr Taylor’s registration and disqualified him from reapplying for the next two years.
Dr Mehta aka Taylor’s case has raised concerns about the adequacy of background checks performed on medical practitioners prior to their employment in Australia.
9news reports that - “AHRPA has last month introduced new measures to strengthen background checks of foreign doctors.”
ABC’s 7.30 reports that “the US government is yet to issue an international arrest warrant for Dr Taylor.”
Dr Mehta aka Taylor is believed to have submitted multiple applications since denying all allegations.
WATCH ABC's 7.30 REPORT HERE: