COLLEGES ON ALERT FOR RAPE DOCTOR; Gardai and Police Warnings as Sex Abuse Gynaecologist Goes on the Hunt for 'Research' Backing
Carton, Donna, Sunday Mirror (London, England)
UNIVERSITIES and colleges north and south of the border have been put on alert for convicted rape doctor and conman Thomas Courtney.
Gardai and the RUC have also been informed that the disgraced pervert doctor has returned to the country.
And rape crisis workers last night urged police and the medical profession to stop Courtney from getting into a position of authority again.
It is understood Courtney came to Ireland in a bid to get backing for 'research' projects into sexual violence and paedophilia.
The shamed Harley Street gynaecologist was jailed for seven years and struck off after he was found guilty of raping and sexually assaulting four women in 1992.
The bogus consultant used his sexual advice practice to drug and rape vulnerable women who had come to him for help.
Now Courtney, from Co Fermanagh, is calling himself doctor again and is trying to con academics into supporting his new ventures.
Gardai have been informed of his visit and academics warned that the sex abuser and conman is on the hunt for backing.
Courtney's return to the medical world will shock his victims, thought to be as many as 100.
Just three years after his release from prison, he has set up two companies and describes himself as a medical doctor in official company records.
Three weeks ago the rapist travelled to Trinity College, Dublin where he tried to persuade Professor Ian Robertson, head of the psychology department, of the benefits of his new projects.
Courtney qualified as a doctor from Trinity College in 1978 and did postgraduate training at hospitals in London and Dublin.
He has six brothers and sisters who are doctors. His father is a retired senior civil servant in Northern Ireland who holds the OBE.
Trinity College secretary Michael Gleeson said: "Professor Roberston saw him briefly and said he was very plausible.
"He said he had been a doctor in general practice and was now in medical administration.
"He was proposing that the psychology department become involved in the research and setting up a website on sexual violence and paedophilia.
"The implication was that his organisation would fund postgraduate research and possibly lecturers."
However, Professor Robertson felt uneasy about Courtney's visit and checked out his credentials.
When he discovered the doctor was a convicted rapist, he reported the meeting to Gardai and alerted other universities to Courtney's plans.
Last night Rape Crisis counsellor Eileen Calder urged the Gardai and RUC to work together "to ensure this man never gets into a position where he can con people again. …