Bowen had been convicted of historic sex offences against a young boy.

He was found guilty of indecent assault at the Heidelberg Magistrates’ Court on May 30 and given a three-month jail term wholly suspended for a year.



David Bowen dodges jail over sex assaults on young boys

  • Norrie Ross
  • From: Herald Sun
  • April 07, 2011 12:05PM

A DIRTY doctor with a history of sex offences against young boys avoided jail today after a County Court judge said his offending was “at the lower end of the scale”.

Judge Michael McInerney told David Bowen that his sexual assaults on five boys in his GP surgery in 1969 and between 1977-1979 preyed on their vulnerability and were a serious breach of professional trust.

For the second time in four years Bowen was named by a judge as a serious sexual offender but Judge McInerney said he agreed with his defence counsel that a jail term should be imposed only as a last resort.

Bowen, 67, a former Eltham GP, pleaded guilty to five counts of indecent assault against five boys aged from 11 to 17 years, who were patients.

Judge McInerney jailed him for two years but fully suspended the sentence for three years.

“What David Bowen did under the guise of a doctor was something he felt he was safe in doing,” the judge said.

“He abused the boys in circumstances where he felt that they would be no threat to him.”

The victims came to his surgery for a range of complaints, from one who had a sore knee to another who had to undergo a medical examination in order to apply for a pilot’s licence.

In each of the cases Bowen, a former Rotary club president, of Greensborough, told the victims to remove their pants, touched and massaged their private parts and made comments about their sexuality.

In 2007 Bowen was jailed for 20 months in the County Court for sexually assaulting two boys, aged 12 and 14, in the the 1960s and 1970s.

The sentence later cut by four months on appeal and those victims have been fighting for compensation after Bowen claimed he had no money.

Judge McInerney said today the County Court saw many cases where there were complaints of penetration and oral sex and this knowledge meant Bowen’s offending was less serious.

The judge said the victim impact statements revealed some of the victims had ongoing psychological problems and Bowen had caused them to question their sexuality.

Dr Bowen’s registration as a GP was stripped in 2009 by the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria, and he was banned from applying to practise for 12 months.



GP facing new sex complaints

  • Julia Medew
  • March 17, 2009

A MELBOURNE doctor who indecently assaulted two boys more than 45 years ago has had his registration cancelled while the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria assesses new complaints against him.

David Alan Bowen, 65, was jailed in 2005 for sexually abusing two boys, aged 12 and 14, during the 1960s and 1970s. He was released in November after serving 16 months and applied earlier this year to have a suspension on his registration lifted.

During a hearing at the Medical Practitioners Board earlier this month, Dr Bowen asked for permission to work as a general practitioner again because he had never been involved in any other sexual impropriety and still had “something valuable to offer”.

But yesterday the board heard that new complaints had been received. Counsel assisting the board, Andrew Clements, said several statements had been referred to the board, but he could not comment on the nature of the “untested allegations” within them.

He submitted several documents containing correspondence between police and the Medical Practitioners Board and urged the board to cancel Dr Bowen’s registration.

During the hearing, Dr Bowen said he did not want his registration cancelled and had not committed any offences aside from those to which he had pleaded guilty.

But board president Dr Robert Adler said Dr Bowen was guilty of professional misconduct of a serious nature because of the criminal offences he committed, and could not apply to renew his registration for 12 months.

Dr Bowen, who previously practised as a GP in Eltham, pleaded guilty in the County Court in 2005 to seven counts of gross indecency and 11 counts of indecent assault.



Jailed as a pedophile, GP bids to practise again

Grant McArthur

March 03, 2009 12:00am

A PEDOPHILE doctor recently released from jail for having sex with underage boys could be allowed to work again as a family doctor.

Lawyers for the Medical Practitioners Board of Victoria on Monday recommended a disciplinary panel give David Alan Bowen back his licence so he can work as a GP in Eltham.

Dr Bowen, 65, was jailed in 2005 for sexually abusing boys, aged 12 and 14, in the 1960s and ’70s.

He spent 16 months in jail before he was released last November and applied to have the suspension on his medical licence lifted.

Dr Bowen represented himself at yesterday’s hearing. “There was never any question of impropriety by any patient against me,” he told the panel.

“I have met patients after I have been out of jail and have heard nothing but encouragement. I am gay but that is kept outside the profession.”

Counsel assisting the board, Andrew Clements, told the panel that because the offences occurred decades ago and did not involve patients, Dr Bowen did not pose any risk to future patients.

Mr Clements said allowing Dr Bowen to practise would, at first glance, damage the profession’s reputation.

He believed reasonable people who examined the details would realise he should be allowed to practise medicine.

“This is one where the immediate reality of what should be determined might be different to when we have examined all the material,” Mr Clements said. “I am not able to point the panel to any evidence that points to a risk of misconduct involved.

“If the public is fully informed . . . I wouldn’t think the public’s confidence would have been diminished.”

Mr Clements said the panel could restrict Dr Bowen from treating males under 18, warning it would be a cautious approach.

The panel found that Dr Bowen had engaged in unprofessional conduct.

It adjourned until Dr Bowen could be assessed by the Sexual Misconduct Assessment Service.

While a medical student in 1961, Dr Bowen began abusing a 12-year-old. The abuse continued until 1963.

His second victim was 14 when the abuse began, but he maintained a relationship with Dr Bowen until he was 26.

Dr Bowen pleaded guilty in the County Court in 2005 to seven counts of gross indecency and 11 counts of indecent assault.

In March last year, a County Court judge ordered Dr Bowen to pay the victims $210,000.



Sex fiend’s prison term cut

February 29, 2008 12:00am

A DOCTOR convicted of child sex offences dating back almost 50 years has had his jail sentence cut by four months.

Dr David Alan Bowen, 63, sexually assaulted two boys in the early 1960s and 1970s.

Bowen’s first victim was 12 and the other 14 when the offences started.

The earlier offences happened when Bowen was at Melbourne University. The later offences occurred when Bowen was an intern at Box Hill Hospital.

Last year Bowen, of Greensborough, pleaded guilty in the County Court to seven counts of gross indecency and 11 counts of indecent assault.

The Court of Appeal yesterday reduced Bowen’s sentence of two years eight months with a minimum of 20 months to two years four months with a non-parole period of 16 months.

Court of Appeal Justice Frank Vincent said Bowen’s victims had suffered profoundly, but said the sentencing judge had erred in treating two of the charges as sex offences, when they were



Doctor preyed on boys

Shelley Hodgson

April 03, 2007 12:00am

AN Eltham doctor will spend at least 20 months in jail for sexually assaulting two boys.

Dr David Alan Bowen, 63, pleaded guilty to seven counts of gross indecency and 11 counts of indecent assault dating back to the 1960s and 1970s.

One of the victims was just 12 and the other 14 when the offences started.

The boys were not Bowen’s patients.

The earlier offences happened when Bowen was studying medicine.

The second victim met Bowen when he was an intern at Box Hill Hospital.

Yesterday, Judge Jim Duggan sentenced Bowen to a maximum of two years and eight months’ jail. Once released he will have to report to authorities as a sex offender.

Judge Duggan described Bowen’s behaviour as predatory and exploitative, saying that he had been able to ingratiate himself into the boys’ families.

“It appears clear that you targeted a 14-year-old boy for explicit and extreme sexual activity,” Judge Duggan said.

He said the victim described himself as naive at the time.

“It would have been extremely difficult for someone in his position to resist the sexual advances of a friend of the family, who was seen as having significant prestige and whose relationship with the family was valued by it,” the judge said.

“It is hardly surprising that he did not know how to respond.”

The offences led to a relationship, which extended into the boy’s adulthood.

Judge Duggan said Bowen, a former Rotary club president, had achieved prestige, social standing and financial security. All this had been lost as a result of the charges and publicity.

“This case has been hugely destructive of the life that you have built over a very considerable period,” he said.

Bowen was a partner in a medical practice in Eltham until recently.

Bowen, of Greensborough, has continued

To practise from the same premises.

One of the victims said outside court that he was happy with the sentence.

“It’s given him plenty of time to reflect on what he’s done to our lives,” the man said.

The other victim said the sentence sent a message that “if you muck around with kids, you are going to end up in jail”.

Both victims, who blame Bowen for emotional and psychological difficulties, encouraged anyone else who had fallen prey to a pedophile to come forward.

The court heard that Bowen, who is openly homosexual, is suffering depression and is ashamed.



Doctor in custody

March 21, 2007 12:00am

A DOCTOR is behind bars for child sex offences.

Dr David Alan Bowen, 63, sexually assaulted two young males in the early 1960s and the early 1970s, the County Court heard on Monday.

One of the victims was just 12 and the other about 14 when the offences started.

Prosecutor Jim Bessell said the earlier offences happened when Bowen, of Greensborough, was studying first year medicine at university.

The second victim met Dr Bowen when he was an intern at Box Hill Hospital.

Bowen, from the Central Medical Clinic in Eltham, pleaded guilty in the County Court last week to seven counts of gross indecency and 11 counts of indecent assault.

Judge Jim Duggan remanded him in custody yesterday to be sentenced on April 2.


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  1. andrew says:

    Fuck you David.anderw schilling you ass hole

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