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Former Guildford GP jailed for 10 and a half years for sex assaults on children

Former Guildford GP jailed for 10 and a half years for sex assaults on children

Published by Lucinda Horsley at 11:49am 17th May 2019. (Updated at 1:31pm 17th May 2019)

A former Guildford GP has been jailed for 10 and a half years in prison for sexually assaulting patients.

The majority of offences happened during intimate examinations at the Merrow Park Practice between 1981 and 2004.

The victims were aged between 12 and 46 years old.

71 year old Alan Tutin, of Crittenden Road in Matfield, Tonbridge, Kent, was sentenced at the Old Bailey today (May 17) following a ten week trial at the Criminal Court in London.

Victim statements spoke of the violation they felt after Tutin took advantage of his position as a doctor.

One said: "My initial response was a sense of being abused, violated and feeling dirty, and wanting a shower."

Another recalled: "I was only young so was upset and confused by what he did. I trusted him as a doctor and was brought up to respect authority and do as I was told, which is what I did."

Meanwhile another, who described Tutin as a predator, said her ordeal had left her never being able to trust a male doctor again.

He was found guilty on December 14 2018 of 15 out of 27 counts of sexual assault following a ten-week trial at the Central Criminal Court in London.

He was found not guilty of seven of the remaining 12 counts and the jury was unable to reach a verdict in relation to the other five counts.

The Judge ordered that a second trial should be held in relation to three of these, which concluded on Tuesday (May 14) at Blackfriars Crown Court in London after three weeks, with the jury finding Tutin not guilty of all three counts.

Following the conclusion of the second trial, the reporting restrictions on the guilty verdicts reached during the first trial have now been lifted.

Police say Tutin, who had been employed as a GP at the Merrow Park Practice since 1980, abused his position as a doctor to assault patients over 23 years,

Most of these assaults were committed under the guise of breast or vaginal examinations, which were either completely unnecessary, or medically justified but carried out in a totally inappropriate way for sexual gratification.

Tutin was arrested in July 2014, after the investigation began in March 2014. He was released under investigation but was interviewed several times over an extensive period
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A number of complainants came forward after being contacted by the police and further witnesses interviewed.

After a lengthy and complex investigation, he was charged with 28 counts of sexual assault involving 25 complainants.

Detective Chief Inspector Richard Haycock, who was in charge of the investigation said:

"Alan Tutin completely abused his position to sexually assault his female patients of a variety of age ranges over a long period of time. This was a gross breach of the trust that they placed in him as a doctor.

"Whilst there had been previous proceedings and investigations, we were committed to a thorough and meticulous investigation to reveal the true extent of his offending.

"I have nothing but praise and respect for the victims and everyone who has come forward and given us their accounts and evidence. I want to pay particular recognition and admiration to those who have had the courage to give evidence against Tutin in court. Many of them did not come forward at the time because they were embarrassed or were unwilling to complain for fear their allegations against a doctor would not be believed.

"I hope that the guilty verdicts reached in the first trial has given them, and others in a similar position, the confidence that even if you are making allegations against a person in a position of trust or authority and even if these allegations happened a long time ago, you will always be taken seriously and a thorough investigation will always be carried out.

"I also hope that the guilty verdicts will allow Tutin's victims and all those affected by this dreadful set of events to put this ordeal behind them and finally get on with their lives."

Following the sentencing, the NSPCC issued a statement praising the victims for speaking out:

"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.

"He no doubt thought he’d got away with it but today’s sentencing shows that abusers can be brought to justice no matter how long ago their crimes took place.

"His victims have been incredibly brave in coming forward and we hope they have received help and support to overcome their experiences."

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