CALGARY (CNS) -- A notorious former Saskatchewan doctor, John Schneeberger, jailed for drugging and raping a patient in a rural Saskatchewan hospital, applied to work in medicine days after being deported to his South African homeland from Canada.
John Schneeberger applied to the Health Professions Council of South Africa in August, shortly after his arrival from Regina in July.
Schneeberger filed his application on Aug. 9, according to a report by the Mercury News in Durban. He was deported July 21.
Schneeberger declined to comment via his B.C. spokesperson Larry Moore.
But Anina Steele, a spokesperson for the council, told the online newspaper the former doctor's registration was being considered until Dr. Schneeberger suddenly withdrew it Oct. 17.
inJusticebusters salute Candace, the heroic victim who came forward to tell her story and Lisa Dillman, ex-wife, who did the right thing.
In 2003 a movie was made, "I Accuse", based on the crimes of Dr. John Schneeberger. The real names were changed but Candice had a hand in telling the true story.
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REGINA - John Schneeberger has lost his Canadian citizenship. Schneeberger is on parole after being convicted for drugging and sexually-assaulting two female patients in 1999.
Aug. 26, 2003: Convicted rapist Schneeberger may face deportation
John Schneeberger came to Canada from South Africa in the late 1980s. He was born in Zambia, and granted Canadian citizenship in 1993.
Earlier this year, a federal court ruled that Schneeberger lied when applying for citizenship. His status automatically reverts to "permanent resident" which means he could eventually be deported.
Bob Mills, an Alberta Member of Parliament, says he was one of the people to request the citizenship department review Schneeberger's file. He says he can confirm that the federal cabinet has now issued the necessary order-in-council.
Jan. 5, 2002: Ex-wife pushes for deportation of former Saskatchewan doctor
In a written statement, Mills says it has been a long process, but he is pleased the first step has been completed.
"Canada should not be home to individuals like dr. Schneeberger and this sends a loud message," said Mills.
Mills says he wants to see the next step-deportation-happen as soon as possible.
ABBOTSFORD, BC (CP) - A Saskatchewan doctor who drugged and sexually assaulted two females has lost his appeal for full parole and day parole and will face special conditions when he is released from jail.
National Parole Board documents released Friday say John Schneeberger must have no contact with his victims and his former wife when leaves custody under statutory release on Nov. 25.
He must also report any relationships he has with women to a parole officer.
"The patient and child victims of your offending are entitled to assurances that they will have no unwanted contact with you," say parole board documents dated Oct. 24.
Schneeberger, who practised medicine in Kipling, Sask., was convicted in 1999 and is serving a six-year sentence in British Columbia's Ferndale Institution.
"There is a history of threatening and assaultive behaviour towards your wife. Given your history of spousal violence and your sexual exploitation of vulnerable women, the Community Patrol Officer must be aware of any and all acquaintances you make with women in order to manage your risk in this area."
An official who declined to be named said the parole board can't make public where Schneeberger will live once he is released from jail because of federal privacy laws.
Last August a federal judge ruled Schneeberger obtained his Canadian citizenship unlawfully, a ruling that could lead to his eventual deportation to his native Zambia.
Immigration officials filed a claim in March alleging that Schneeberger lied to a citizenship judge in 1993 when he denied having been the subject of a criminal investigation.
During the criminal investigation into the assaults and before Schneeberger became a Canadian citizen, he surgically inserted a tube of a patient's blood into his own arm to keep investigators from obtaining an accurate DNA test.
The results, which incorrectly indicated he was not the attacker, came back about a week before his citizenship ceremony.
"Through the making of this false representation and/or the knowing concealment of a material circumstance, the defendant circumvented any further police inquiry which would likely have led to criminal charges," the judge wrote in August. "This, in turn, would have made him ineligible for citizenship."
Lisa Dillman, Schneeberger's former wife, could not be reached for comment.
Schneeberger made headlines in 2001 when he tried to get Dillman to follow a court order to bring their young daughters to visit him in prison. He eventually waived those rights after 100 protesters gathered outside the jail.
The court ruling began a complex process that could eventually see Schneeberger ordered out of Canada. Federal immigration officials could not be reached for comment.
Canadian Alliance MP Bob Mills, who has supported his constituent Dillman in her legal struggles against Schneeberger, has said he wants the federal government to deport the doctor as soon as he gets out of jail. Mills could not be reached for comment Friday.
Lisa Dillman, who moved to Red Deer in the fall of 1999, has said her five and six-year-old girls don't even know Schneeberger.
RED DEER, AB (CP) - An Alberta mother lost another court battle Friday to stop her young daughters from having to visit their sex offender dad in prison. In rejecting Lisa Dillman's case, Justice James Foster of Court of Queen's Bench said he had no jurisdiction to hear her appeal because the court order had come from a Saskatchewan judge and she had signed an undertaking that any appeals would be heard in that province.
"You came here today to argue in Alberta what you didn't want to argue in Saskatchewan," Foster said. "We don't break those undertakings lightly, if at all. I don't understand why we're here today in the face of that."
Gaylene Bobb, Dillman's lawyer, argued that Foster should hear the case because the girls, aged five and six, were at risk of harm from visiting John Schneeberger, a Saskatchewan doctor who was convicted of sexually assaulting two female patients in 1999.
Foster rejected that argument.
"I do not accept the proposition that these girls face a serious risk of harm," he told the court.
Dillman, who wept after Foster made his ruling, will take her daughters to see Schneeberger at Bowden Institution on Sunday, as ordered by a Saskatchewan court, Bobb said in court.
"She will take the girls," she said.
Dillman would not speak to reporters when she came out of court.
Schneeberger is currently serving a six-year sentence for sexually assaulting the patients while he was a doctor in Kipling, Sask.
He was also convicted of obstruction of justice for trying to thwart a DNA test by inserting a tube of someone else's blood into his own arm.
Wulf Siewert, Schneeberger's lawyer, asked for a publication ban on details of the case, claiming it was required for Schneeberger's safety. He said his client "had been severely beaten" at least twice after Bowden inmates read about the case in the media.
But Foster ruled against a ban, saying the case should be heard in open court.
Siewert argued that besides jurisdiction issues, they were dealing with an interim custody order that had not been filed in Alberta and that cannot be filed under law.
He noted that only final custody orders can filed in different provinces.
Dillman, who moved to Red Deer in the fall of 1999, has said her five and six-year-old girls don't even know Schneeberger.
But Foster chastised Dillman and her lawyer for not dealing with the issues a month or two ago rather than two days before the visit.
Schneeberger's access and phone rights were upheld in family court in October 1999, one month before his conviction and sentencing.
Dillman challenged that order but lost in March, when a Regina Court of Queen's Bench upheld the parental visits.
The March and April visits were cancelled at Schneeberger's request so the girls could receive counselling to prepare them.
Dillman has already been fined $2,000 for refusing to take her girls to visit Schneeberger in November 1999, prior to him being sentenced.
January 19, 2001: inJusticebusters have just learned that Dr. John Schneeberger has applied to force his former wife, whose daughter he repeatedly drugged and molested, to bring their two children to prison to visit him! Surely this man relinquished his rights to "father".
This man is a convicted rapist, a pedophile and a liar. If his former wife decides he is a bad influence which she would prefer her children to have no contact with, she would be acting responsibly. Schneeberger has never admitted his guilt, despite DNA evidence which proved beyond any doubt that he had raped Candace and then tried to pin his crime on an innocent citizen who trusted the man because he was a doctor!
With the evidence the police had, we are puzzled why he was not also charged for sexual interference with his step-daughter. This man has shown no remorse for his actions. He has shown himself to be a skilled con artist who tricked the RCMP into cooperating with him. Not only should he not be allowed to see any children, ever, his own or others, he should be charged for all his crimes and serve consecutive time!
We are reminded of Dorothy on Golden Girls who said, in the midst of harassment from her ex, Stan when he was interfering with their daughter, "Get one sperm with a sense of direction and you're stuck for the rest of your life." That was a television sit-com. This is Lisa Dillman's life and she must be allowed to have some control over it!
December 14, 2000: It was announced today on CTV news that the College of Physicians and Surgeons have pulled Schneeberger from its Saskatchewan list. That does not mean people are safe from him. It is common for doctors who are barred from practising in one place to simply set up shop in another.
Below: The original story as it appeared in the Regina Leader-Post: This was somewhat perplexing since there was no indication of who the second complainant was, except that she was under age. Now we discover it was his own step-daughter!
March, 2000: On the CTV Television program W5, in a segment called "Bad Blood," Candace (left) , the original complainant against Schneeberger spoke at length about her ordeal.
On October 31, 1992, she had gone to the hospital in Kipling in an agitated state and Schneeberger had come to attend. Schneeberger had been her family doctor and had delivered her daughter. She was under his care and expected to get a mild sedative and go home. He said he would give her a needle and she remembered only feeling paralysed and waking up the next morning with some recollection of the rape. She had evidence since the doctor had not used a condom. She asked him the next day what was in the needle. "Why," he responded. "Did you have some wild dreams?"
She said that it was then that she knew.
Candace took her panties to the RCMP in Regina because she feared she would not be believed by the Kipling RCMP given Schneeberger's status in the community. She was right to be suspicious. The Regina cops sent the case back to Kipling and Schneeberger was allowed to provide a blood sample under the supervision of his personal friend, mountie Russ Bevan (left).
When the results did not match Schneeberger, who had stolen blood from a patient to substitute for his own, Candace asked for another test. This time Schneeberger performed surgery on himself and inserted a surgical tube containing the other man's blood into his own arm. The lab had difficulty retrieving an adequate sample and thought it looked "kind of old." Nonetheless, they tested it and, of course, again it did not match the semen on Candace's panties.
Candace and her family hired a private eye. But this case might not ever have been broken had this predator not been caught assaulting his own step-daughter!
The 15 year old girl had spoken several times of dreaming of a "needle in the night." But one morning she found a used condom wrapper in her bed and brought it out to show her mother. When Lisa Schneeberger (left), realized the horror of her situation, she kicked him out and proper blood samples were finally taken. Lisa Schneeberger found the drugs, needles and the condoms and gave the crown the evidence it needed. She speaks out bravely on the W5 show, expressing terribly guilt that she believed her husband and not Candace.
If she had not been so willing to accept his version of events, she believes she could have prevented her daughter from having been repeatedly raped by him.
The community of Kipling is still polarized and Candace has moved out to start a new life. Several citizens who were interviewed said they believed the good doctor was framed and would continue to be his patient! inJusticebusters hope that he is not ever again granted a licence to practice medicine. We know that people''s memories can be short and that their capacity to forget the past is almost boundless. However, this man is appealing his case, he has a large number of friends and he will be among us again within the next few years.
A triumphant, whispered "Yes!" rippled through a crowded courtroom Thursday the moment a judge pronounced Dr. John Schneeberger guilty of sexually assaulting a female patient in the Kipling hospital seven years ago.
When the South African-born doctor was led in handcuffs to a waiting RCMP car more than an hour later, most of the onlookers applauded, while some shouted "Bye John!"
"That was wonderful. I just had to wait around to see that," said the woman who first accused Schneeberger of drugging and assaulting her atop an examining table in 1992.
"This is a glorious day that I've waited for for seven years," the 30-year-old single mother told reporters.
"I hope he rots, 'cause that's exactly what he deserves for all the hurt (he) caused."
Court of Queen's Bench Justice Ellen Gunn convicted Schneeberger, 38, of two counts of sexually assaulting two female patients, one count of administering a stupefying drug to commit the first assault and one count of obstructing justice by inserting a plastic tube filled with another man's blood in his arm to foil three separate RCMP DNA tests.
"Dr. Schneeberger's actions clearly demonstrated he would ... do whatever he considered necessary to avoid detection," Gunn said. Much of her two-hour judgment summarized the three weeks of testimony heard during Schneeberger's trial in September.
She concluded that he did inject the powerful sedative Versed into the first woman on Oct. 31, 1992 so that he could sexually assault her.
She rejected his theory that someone could have broken into his home, stolen a used condom from the garbage and applied his semen to the woman's body and clothes in order to frame and sue him.
Gunn called his testimony "inventive, fanciful and imaginative."
"However, an adjective that does not apply is credible," Gunn said. "... He did not give his evidence in a forthright manner and showed obvious discomfort during parts of cross-examination."
Schneeberger had admitted on the stand that he withdrew several vials of blood from a male patient in November, 1992 and used it to fill a 15-centimetre plastic tube that he slid beneath the skin of his left arm to successfully thwart DNA blood tests in 1992, 1993 and 1996.
After allegations involving a second patient arose in 1997, the RCMP obtained a warrant to cut a sample of the doctor's hair. That DNA matched the semen from 1992, but none of the earlier blood samples. Those blood samples eventually matched the DNA from a blood sample obtained from the former male patient in 1998.
While Gunn concluded he sexually assaulted the second patient twice between 1994 and 1995, she acquitted Schneeberger of using a stupefying drug to commit further assaults and of aggravated sexual assault (a charge stemming from the allegation of dangerous use of the drug during the assaults.)
Gunn ruled there was insufficient evidence to conclude that any sexual assaults occurred when the doctor sedated the second victim -- a teenager at the time -- during various medical procedures. Despite that, the second victim said outside court she was "very happy."
The lawyers will be back before the judge this afternoon to argue on sentencing. Schneeberger spent Thursday night in jail after Gunn revoked his earlier bail, citing the seriousness of his crimes and his own admission of earlier suicidal thoughts.
While Schneeberger appeared characteristically expressionless as Gunn read out her verdict, defence lawyer Aaron Fox said his client was shocked and disappointed. "Stunned is probably an accurate description."
Crown prosecutor Dean Sinclair said he will seek a substantial period of incarceration. He said Schneeberger's manipulation of evidence successfully stalled prosecution for six years and forced his first victim into a lengthy campaign to convince the police and the people of Kipling.
"There's no question the original complainant from 1992 was completely vindicated in what she's been saying for years, and there's absolutely no question that she has been, to a large extent, saying it to herself ... because of the DNA results," Sinclair said.
"She deserves a substantial amount of credit for the courage and perseverance and determination to see that justice was done in this case."