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Wednesday 18 October 2017

Doctor denies breast 'grope' for toothache

A doctor has gone on trial on a charge of sexually assaulting a female patient. Picture posed.
A doctor has gone on trial on a charge of sexually assaulting a female patient. Picture posed.

A DOCTOR has gone on trial on a charge of sexually assaulting a female patient.

The 38-year-old doctor has denied assaulting the mother of three by groping her breasts after she had gone to him complaining of toothache.

He has pleaded not guilty to the single charge when arraigned before his trial at Mullingar Circuit Criminal Court, sitting in Tullamore.

The judge yesterday made an order prohibiting publication of the name of the doctor or the woman.

The woman told the court that on Sunday, August 18, 2013, she had gone to an out-of-hours service in the midlands suffering from severe toothache.

The doctor had looked in her mouth with a torch and checked her ears and glands. He then squeezed her shoulders before putting his hands under her arms from behind, the court heard.

Without saying anything he pushed in at the side of her breasts, before he listened to her chest with a stethoscope.

He told her to sit up on an examination table and, when she queried him, he said that sometimes a toothache could lead to a heart infection.

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He told her to lie down on the table. He again put the stethoscope to her chest and back.

"It was strange…. he was putting an awful lot of effort into checking my chest for a toothache," she said.

She returned to her chair. He lifted up her top and pushed the stethoscope under her bra.

Her breast "popped out" before he repeated the procedure with her other breast.

"He was staring at my chest, and squeezing my breasts. He was holding onto the nipples. His nails dug into me," she said.

The woman said the doctor had a very visible erection.

She left after getting medication for her tooth. She told her sister, who was waiting outside, what had happened.

Garda Joseph Kenny told the court that gardai had interviewed the doctor in November, 2013. He had said that, on examination, he had discovered a piece of filling that had chipped off.

He denied asking her to get onto the examination table.

When the woman's statement of complaint was put to him he said: "I'm shocked. I have no words… it is so worrying."

The case continues.

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