Sleep doctor Ali Khorami jailed for six years after sexually assaulting patients


A doctor will spend nearly four years behind bars for sexually assaulted sleeping patients at a Sydney research clinic.

Ali Khorami was supervising overnight studies at Glebe’s Woolcock Institute of Medical Research for the five women, aged between 16 and 29, in 2018.

The 50-year-old denied wrongdoing during his NSW District Court trial, despite CCTV recordings showing him exposing himself next to the sleeping patients.

The Iranian-born and trained GP claimed to be performing alternative tantric treatments using his genitals and insisted he had consent.

But a jury found him guilty of 22 charges, including drugging one of the victims by spiking a drink with temazepam.

Judge Leonie Flannery said Khorami committed a “gross breach of trust” and assaulted the women “at a time when they were particularly vulnerable, being asleep or isolated in their room”.

She said it was “troubling” that the doctor continued to maintain he was engaging in legitimate medical practice.

Judge Flannery handed down a sentence of six years with a non-parole period of three years and nine months.

Khorami appeared via videolink wearing prison greens and did not react as he learned his sentence.

Khorami claimed he performed alternative tantric treatments and that he had consent.(ABC News: Jamie McKinnell)

Last month, one of his victims described how her abuse triggered a mental breakdown.

“I felt like my world was imploding … I became demotivated, depressed and suicidal,” the 30-year-old told the court via videolink from overseas.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, said she “fell apart but survived”.

“I choose no longer to hold bitterness or anger in my heart.”

Khorami came to Australia in 2011 before becoming a citizen six years later and lived with his wife and daughters.

He will be eligible for parole in June 2024.



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