DIRTY DEN­TIST TWEAKED MY NIP­PLE

He bared pa­tient’s breasts ex­am­in­ing mouth ab­scess

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By NEIL GOOD­WIN

A DEN­TIST who fon­dled the breasts of pa­tients dur­ing ex­am­i­na­tions has been kicked out of the pro­fes­sion.

Adrian Heath told the two women he was feel­ing their glands as he per­formed the in­ap­pro­pri­ate ex­ams, the Gen­eral Den­tal Coun­cil ruled.

In one case he ‘tweaked’ a pa­tient’s nip­ple and asked her to undo her trousers.

Heath, a for­mer Libdem par­lia­men­tary can­di­date, was cleared of sex­ual as­sault at a crim­i­nal trial in 2010, but a pro­fes­sional mis­con­duct hear­ing found the al­le­ga­tions proved af­ter rul­ing his ev­i­dence ‘lacked cred­i­bil­ity’.

The first pa­tient had gone for an emer­gency ap­point­ment at his prac­tice in Lin­coln, with an ab­scess in her mouth.

Af­ter an ini­tial ex­am­i­na­tion, Heath asked for an X-ray to be car­ried out.

At a the next visit he be­gan to ex­am­ine the pa­tient ex­trao­rally, ask­ing if her glands were swollen, and felt un­der her neck and jaw, the panel heard.

He started to ex­am­ine the top of her left breast, talk­ing about glands through­out, the pa­tient said.

The pa­tient re­called that he had his hands un­der­neath her vest-type top, and in the cup of her bra, bring­ing out her left breast.

Groped

He also brought out her right breast and said he could see a dif­fer­ence, telling her the left was swollen. Then he moved in front of her and asked her to undo her trousers, at which point she said she was em­bar­rassed.

The pa­tient con­tacted the po­lice, Heath was ar­rested and stood trial ini­tially in Septem­ber 2009, but the case was halted af­ter a sec­ond vic­tim came for­ward fol­low­ing pub­lic­ity, claim­ing that she was groped while vis­it­ing the surgery in 2007.

Heather Nor­ton for the GDC said: “Mr Heath touched two pa­tients in a way, which was not only in­ap­pro­pri­ate but also sex­u­ally mo­ti­vated.

‘This was a gross in­va­sion of the pa­tient’s per­son and was gross mis­con­duct.”

The den­tist, of Not­ting­ham, had de­nied all sex­ual al­le­ga­tions but he was found guilty of all the charges against him af­ter the week­long hear­ing in cen­tral London.

PULLED OUT BREAST: Now

ex den­tist Adrian Heath

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