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Police drop rape suspicion against gynecologist; court extends custody

Police say they’ll look at other complaints filed with Health Ministry, but doctor with large social media following now officially suspected only in 2 indecent acts allegations

Dr. Guy Rofe, a gynecologist arrested on suspicion of sexual harassment, arrives for a court hearing at the Magistrate's Court in Haifa, January 4, 2022. (Alon Nadav/Flash90
Dr. Guy Rofe, a gynecologist arrested on suspicion of sexual harassment, arrives for a court hearing at the Magistrate's Court in Haifa, January 4, 2022. (Alon Nadav/Flash90

Police told Haifa Magistrate’s Court on Sunday that rape suspicions against a well-known gynecologist were being dropped, as the court ordered he be held in custody another four days.

Guy Rofe, 44, was arrested last week after three former patients in their 20s filed complaints of rape, sexual harassment and indecent acts.

Police told the court Sunday that as the investigation has progressed it now has only two complaints of indecent acts from two women. The complaints relate to alleged incidents that happened in 2016 and 2019.

The police decision will not affect a rape accusation leveled against the doctor and filed with the Health Ministry, according to Hebrew media reports. The reports said there are a total of eight complaints made to the ministry.

Police said they will look into the complaints made to the Health Ministry, and asked that he remain in custody until the investigation is complete.

Judge Meirav Klempner Navon noted at the hearing that there is apparently compelling evidence against the suspect.

Rofe’s lawyer, who had sought his release to house arrest, appealed the remand order, Channel 12 News reported.

The court has previously said there was concern Rofe could disrupt the investigation if he was released from custody, and dismissed a defense argument that media reports on the matter could affect the court’s judgment.

At least 15 women have recently testified on social media or in Hebrew media about a pattern in which Rofe would obsessively send them private messages with sexual content, while crossing boundaries during treatment sessions.

That included touching patients against their will; inserting fingers; pressuring them to hug him, kiss him, take off their clothes or take unnecessary mammography tests; making sexual advances on them; and in one case, offering a woman a job as a secretary that would require her to regularly have sex with him.

Rofe denies all the accusations against him.

The doctor, who has tens of thousands of Instagram followers and has posted many viral posts about gynecology, informed all his patients after his arrest was reported in media that he was stepping down from his medical work “due to personal circumstances.” He didn’t say whether it was a temporary break or a permanent move.

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