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By Brad Hunter/Toronto Sun
The wife of the infamous Dr. Rod said puerile penis puns that accompanied stories about her hubby were “humiliating” and the hardest part of her family’s ordeal.
Former Barrie dermatologist Dr. Rodion “Dr. Rod” Kunynetz is currently in the midst of a College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario penalty hearing for sexual impropriety. A number of women have claimed that dermatologist rubbed his penis against them.
Criminal proceedings are also taking place with the doctor facing a number of sexual abuse and gross indecency charges.
Kunynetz’s lawyer has used a unique defence for his client: His stomach is too big and his penis too small for the contact his accusers have suggested.
He was found guilty by the discipline committee of one count of sexual assault and unprofessional conduct.
He denied the allegations and most charges of sexual abuse regarding the penis rubbing were dismissed. Kunynetz has been suspended from practising since October 2015.
Valentina Kunynetz, 63, told the tribunal her husband was dedicated to dermatology and that she, too, played a part in the business, acting as office administrator.
“In December 2015, I was on the way to the dentist and on NewsTalk 1010 they were talking about Rod, mocking him, making fun of him … that his penis was undersized and his belly was enormous,” Valentina said.
That day’s merriment was triggered by a front page Toronto Sun story headlined: Dr. Rod’s wee defence.
“It was the salacious details … friends, family and colleagues were all reading this. It was disrespectful,” she said.
“The children (the couple has three sons) were getting calls from their friends and in the paper, were all the details about the size of his penis. It was terrible.”
Calling the family’s ordeal “demeaning” and “humiliating,” Valentina — dressed in a long dress and sandals — wondered aloud: “How many times do we have to read about the size of Rod’s penis?”
The ordeal cast a pall over the weddings of two of their sons and left Kunynetz’s practice that he had built over 30 years in ruins.
And the allegations left her husband devastated. The couple — married 37 years — stopped socializing and travelling.
“There was no joy in Rod’s life,” she added.
Under cross-examination, she conceded that the stories were accurate but she took exception to their “mocking” nature.
One urologist called as a witness at the hearings examined the doctor and determined that, yes, because of his large stomach and small penis he could not have committed the crime.
His lawyer, Matthew Sammon, spent most of the afternoon going over errors in the college’s investigation.
Among his greatest concerns was the length of time the matter has taken and a general abuse of process, pointing to the doctor’s lengthy interim suspension.
The hearing continues Tuesday.