John Schneeberger

Schneeberger seeks work in new home

CanWest News Service, November 12, 2004

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 Schneeberger suddenly withdrew it Oct. 17.

(Calgary Herald) © The StarPhoenix (Saskatoon) 2004

Sex assault doctor ordered deported
Last Updated Mon, 21 Jun 2004 20:29:17

REGINA - A former Saskatchewan doctor who was convicted of sexually assaulting two women and trying to foil DNA tests by using another man's blood has been ordered deported.

John Schneeberger received the deportation order after a brief hearing in Regina on Monday.


John Schneeberger

The Canadian Border Services Agency now has to decide when and where Schneeberger will be sent.

He was born in Zambia but did his medical training in South Africa.

Schneeberger was convicted in 1999 and sentenced to six years in prison for sexually assaulting two women.

He was found guilty of administering a paralysing substance to a 23-year-old woman and sexually assaulting her in a hospital examining room in Kipling, Sask., in 1992.

He also molested a teenager in 1994 and 1995. He was found guilty of obstructing justice in that case after he inserted a tube filled with another man's blood in his arm to throw off DNA testing.

Schneeberger moved to Canada in 1987 and became a citizen six years later.

He lost his citizenship last December for not revealing that he was under police investigation when he became a Canadian citizen.



Written by CBC News Online staff

Tue, June 22, 2004

Sask. MD ordered deported


REGINA -- A Saskatchewan doctor who committed two sexual assaults and then tried to thwart DNA tests to cover them up could be deported within days after losing his hearing before the Immigration and Refugee Board yesterday. "We are making arrangements to effect (John Schneeberger's) removal from Canada," said Mike Fitzpatrick of Canada Citizenship and Immigration.

The board took less than 10 minutes to make the ruling after the former doctor's legal history was read out during a teleconference. Schneeberger participated from Regina while board members heard the case from Calgary.

Fitzpatrick said the department will now discuss with Schneeberger where he will be deported. The disgraced doctor was born in Zambia but did his medical training in South Africa.

Schneeberger will be shipped off as soon as those arrangements are complete, Fitzpatrick said.

"It could be a matter of days. We will make it happen as soon as is reasonably possible."

Schneeberger was convicted in 1999 and sentenced to six years in prison for sexually assaulting two victims and obstructing justice by inserting a tube filled with another man's blood in his arm to foil DNA tests.


Sask. doctor sentenced for rape
Last Updated Sat Nov 27 07:37:03 1999

REGINA - A judge in Saskatchewan has sentenced Dr. John Schneeberger to six years for sexually assaulting two female patients and trying to fool DNA experts by inserting a tube of another man's blood into his arm.

Dr. John Schneeberger was found guilty by a judge in Regina Thursday.

In one case, Schneeberger drugged a woman before raping her in the examining room of a rural hospital in Kipling, Sask.

Prosecutors said he gave her a powerful anesthestic, Versed, that left her unable to move or cry out for help before attacking her in 1992.

Schneeberger, 38, was also convicted of sexually assaulting a second patient twice -- once in 1994, and again in 1995.

But the judge acquitted him on a charge of using a sedative in those attacks. He was also found not guilty of endangering a life with improper use of drugs.

The doctor almost got away with his crime by slicing open his arm in an act of gruesome skulduggery.

 During the trial, Schneeberger admitted placing a plastic tube full of a male patient's blood into his arm to try to trick police investigating the women's allegations against him.

On three occasions -- in 1992, 1993, and 1996 -- a lab technician withdrew blood from his arm for police, but in each case the sample came from the tube instead of his vein.

At first police doubted the women's allegations because the DNA blood samples did not match the rapist's semen.

Detectives eventually charged the doctor after obtaining a sample of his hair, which matched the semen but not the earlier blood.

In addition to sexual assault, Schneeberger was convicted of obstructing justice.

A small crowd jeered him as he was handcuffed and led away from the courthouse Thursday.

"This is a glorious day that I've waited for for seven years," said one of the victims, now 29.

"I hope he rots because that's exactly what he deserves for all the hurt (he) caused," she said.


Written by CBC News Online staff


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