Czech doctor to be tried for rape, sexual abuse

Dr Jaroslav Barták, a co-owner of a Prague polyclinic and one-time head of the local Lion’s Club charity, faces up to 12 years in prison 

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Brian Kenety | 22.05.2012
A former assistant to Dr Jaroslav Barták (inset) said he raped, beat and threatened her with death while on a trip abroad

Czech state prosecutors have accused a prominent Prague doctor of rape and other crimes stemming from his having allegedly abused a dozen women, mainly female personal assistants, the news server iDnes.cz reported Tuesday. If convicted, he faces up to 12 years in prison.

Dr Jaroslav Barták, a co-owner of a polyclinic in Prague’s Modřany district and one-time head of the local Lion’s Club charity, has been in custody since last August awaiting trial for rape, exerting sexual coercion, blackmail, assault, restraint of personal freedom, and producing illegal narcotics and psychotropic substances.

Bártak denies the charges — claiming the women knowingly signed on to not only to be his personal assistants but also to have sex with him as paid escorts and prostitutes, who would accompany him on foreign trips.

The alleged abuse was revealed after Bártak’s last assistant (identified as “Lucie” in the press) said that the then 53-year-old doctor assaulted her on a business trip they took to the Philippines in July 2011. The then 22-year-old woman eventually sought help from the Czech embassy after Bártak allegedly assaulted her when she repulsed his advances — and threatened to kill her.

Bártak said she had traveled with him to the Philippines as a paid escort, and had a work contract under which she was paid Kč 32,000 per month to provide him with “personal services” — a euphemism for sex — twice a week in the Czech Republic and once a day whenever abroad.

After that case came to light, many other women came forward, at first to the daily that broke the story (Mladá fronta Dnes) and then to the police, with tales of physical and sexual abuse, saying Bártak had intimidated them into keeping silent. The alleged crimes are said to have taken place over five years up until his arrest.

  

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