Doctor cleared after sex pest accusations

A senior doctor from Middlesbrough, who was accused of being a sex pest, has been cleared of any wrongdoing by medical watchdogs.

Stephen Graham, 54, faced allegations including the touching of female patent's breasts while they were under anaesthetic.

It was also alleged he exposed the naked body of a patient by removing part of a theatre gown, the General Medical Council heard.

The 54-year-old worked in Middlesbrough at the James Cook University Hospital as a consultant anaesthetist at the time of the alleged incidents, which date back to 2006.

"I am extremely pleased with the outcome of my fitness to practise hearing. There has been a great burden on me and my family since the allegations were made and I am relieved that this matter is now over."

– Dr Graham

Dr Graham denied misconduct.

An investigation began in 2009 after nurses raised concerns. The trust concluded there was no case to answer.

Dr Graham returned to work in 2010. A second investigation was launched because of similar concerns. It was concluded there was no case to answer.