Originally published in the Herald Sun
A dirty dentist who trapped kids in his surgery so he could molest them must now pay them $250,000 in compensation.
Hartley Davey was working from a surgery in Chapel St, Prahran, when he turned every kid’s worst nightmare, a trip to the dentist, into a reality for an unlucky few.
One of them, who cannot be named for legal reasons, recalled being held down in the dentist’s chair of a locked surgery as a nurse waited outside.
“I remember thinking ‘where’s the nurse, where’s the nurse, who’s going to rescue me’,” he said.
“I was always sworn to silence. I just knew that what was happening was not right.”
Davey, 90, pleaded guilty in the Melbourne Magistrates’ Court to five assault charges relating to three child patients at his clinic in the late 1950s.
Davey was at the time a respected churchgoer who attended the local methodist church where he played and maintained the organ. He was sentenced to 18 months’ jail, but the sentence was wholly suspended.
He has now been ordered to pay his three victims compensation of $100,000, $75,000 and $75,000 respectively.
Adviceline Injury Lawyers Partner, Bree Knoester, said the successful claims for compensation was a way of acknowledging the terrible crimes committed against Davey’s victims.
“Trauma in childhood can have significant effect on daily life and can persist into adulthood,” Ms Knoester said.
“Here young children were taken advantage of and as adults were brave enough to face the offender and demand justice and compensation.
“Compensation won’t change what happened, but can provide victims with the support and opportunity they need to get their lives back on track,” she said.