Australia Victim speaks out as dentist found guilty of rape

15:20  10 july  2020
15:20  10 july  2020 Source:   9news.com.au

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A Brisbane dentist is behind bars after being found guilty of raping a teenage employee, two decades ago.

The verdict was handed down in minutes, Dr Peter James Agnew found guilty on one count of rape and one count of indecent assault of a female.

The woman was just 19 when she was subjected to his vile acts, too scared to speak out she kept it a secret all these years,  until now.

a person wearing a suit and tie: Dentist Peter James Agnew was found guilty of rape. © 9News Dentist Peter James Agnew was found guilty of rape.

"For a long time, he got away with what he had done and I think he was comfortable thinking it wasn't going to catch up to him," she said speaking exclusively to 9News.

The woman was a teenage dental assistant in the 1980s when she was raped by her boss Dr Agnew.

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The men were instead found guilty of sexually abusing the child during a drinking session, known in Spanish as a botellon, at an abandoned factory in the town of Manresa. Tamika Eastley, left, and Anthony Ragusa work out as the sun sets over the Kangaroo Point Cliffs in Brisbane, Australia.

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"He groomed me from the start," she says.

"I've spent all that time since just in a nightmare.

"You wonder if you had a sliding doors moment, of how my life would have been if that didn't happen."

During a three-day trial earlier this month, the court heard he waited until after hours to assault her.

Promising to fix a problem tooth, he administered gas, then unzipped her uniform.

On another occasion, he groped his assistant as she was sterilizing equipment.

The disgraced dentist will be sentenced later this month.

His victim said she felt vindicated.

"I told my truth ... to end up in the district court and to have the case heard, and his name put out in the public so everyone knows who he is - they know he's a predator and he's done vile things," she said.

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