Alan Tutin, a former GP at a Guildford Surgery has been convicted of 15 counts of sexual assaults and jailed for a period of 10 ½ years.
In December 2018, Tutin was convicted of 15 counts of sexual assaults on women and girls, one girl as young as 12 years old. The offences were committed over a 24 year period.
Tutin had been charged with molesting 25 female patients, but in December 2018 he was cleared of 8 charges and the jury was unable to make a decision on 5 charges, including a charge relating to a 9 year old girl.
This month a retrial was heard at the Blackfriars Crown Court on 3 charges, but on the 14th May Tutin was cleared of these charges.
Jurors heard that Tutin, “asked on patient to undress so he could take her blood pressure and then groped her.” Tutin also carried out unnecessary breast and internal examinations on patients. On women described, “How he touched her breasts in a Benny Hill way fondling them as though he was feeling a couple of melons.”
The Old Bailey heard that complaints dating back to 1999 were made against Tutin, 2 trials took place but there was no adverse findings. An investigation was also undertaken by the Police and the General Medical Council which resulted in Tutin receiving a warning in 2003.Tutin stopped practising in 2004.
Tutin was arrested in 2006 but there was no prosecution until the criminal investigation was reopened in 2013.
On sentencing him, Judge Nigel Peters QC, said:
“There cannot be a more serious abuse of trust that these courts have to deal with than that of a doctor and a patient.
You violated the faith your patients had in you. You carried out wholly unnecessary procedures and examinations, no doubt to fuel your own sexual gratification.”
An NSPCC spokesman said:
“Tutin’s patients went to him in good faith, seeking his wisdom and reassurance.
“Instead he used his position for his own depravity over two decades, targeting vulnerable women and young girls.”
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