A man is alleged to have performed illegal circumcisions without a medical licence out of his “cabin in the woods”.
Josh Chubbs, 23, was reported to police by a female acquaintance because he reportedly asked her unprompted questions about her son’s penis on Facebook and allegedly offered to circumcise the minor at his remote home in Carbonear in Newfoundland and Labrador.
“God forbid there would actually be somebody too embarrassed to take their child to a doctor, who would [instead] take them to a friend who was clearly not certified to do these things,” said the anonymous woman.
The woman said Chubbs asked whether her son was having issues with his genitals – such as infections – which might require a medical procedure.
The woman said Chubbs claimed to have training in pediatric urology and could perform circumcisions.
“He said, ‘I don’t want you to think I was a creep, I am trained,'” she said, noting Chubbs told her he had performed more than 50 procedures.
Chubbs allegedly said he could perform the procedure in his home, which the woman described as a cabin in the woods near Freshwater, N.L.
After becoming suspicious, the woman Googled the length of time it takes to study urology. Since Chubbs was a few years out of high school, red flags were raised.
The RCMP investigated the woman’s claims and charged Chubbs.
The CBC reported not only did the accused not finish urology training, but he failed to complete a mortician apprenticeship.
Chubbs is scheduled to appear in court on April 12.