OTTAWA - Patrick Guiste had already been convicted of fondling a trusting 18-year-old who'd come to his lab to have blood drawn.
So it's "troubling" that he then tried to strip off his shirt for a probation officer and, despite her protests, flexed his muscles while asking if he was fit enough for jail.
"Was he flirting?" Judge Jacqueline Loignon wondered Thursday before handing Guiste a year behind bars and a year's probation for sex assault.
"Was he 'fishing,' as the offender put it? Is this an inability to assess proper boundaries of conduct?"
Not surprisingly, the probation officer concluded that Guiste - who denies needing any kind of help - poses a high risk of reoffending.
He's already left the teen "violated," Loignon said, arguing that she had to send a strong message to Guiste and anyone else tempted to abuse patients in a medical facility where they go for help and should feel safe.
"Mr. Guiste used his position to exploit a vulnerable young woman who thought the tests being performed were legitimate," Loignon said. "The public is entitled to and must be able to trust that medical practitioners will not violate the trust that is given to them."
After hearing the 25-year-old's "evasive, condescending, misleading" testimony, Loignon believed the teen, who said she didn't flee because she thought Guiste was a doctor who wouldn't take advantage of her.
Her doctor had sent her to an Elmvale lab in April 2011 for a blood test.
After Guiste took her blood, he told her she needed a heart test. He took her to the ECG room, told her to strip, then rubbed gel on her as she lay there naked and attached electrodes. He stroked her nipples as he rubbed off the gel.
She testified it didn't make sense to her and felt "weird."
Then he told her she needed to be examined "down there," put on gloves and put his hand inside her while moaning.
As he watched her dress, he suggested they "do it" - which she refused - and asked for her BlackBerry PIN.
Two days later, the woman called her doctor for her test results and was confused to learn only a blood test had been ordered.
Guiste, usually accompanied at court by his wife and nine-month-old son, denied assaulting the teen but admitted on the stand to "fishing" for female patients' phone numbers at work.