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A GP who assaulted 15 women and girls is jailed for 10 years

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A doctor who groped 15 women and girls, including a child aged just 12, over a period of more than 20 years has been jailed for 10-and-a-half years.

Alan Tutin, 71, assaulted the victims at the Merrow Park Practice in Guildford between 1980 and 2004, where his wife was also a practitioner.

Jailing him at the Old Bailey on Friday, 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."

Alan Tutin arriving at court Credit: Victoria Jones/PA

The trial heard how Tutin joined the Guildford surgery in 1980 where his wife Angela was also a partner.

Having taken over as senior partner and running the financial side of the business, he “wielded a lot of influence”, prosecutor Sally O’Neill QC said.

She told jurors: “Tutin appears to have had quite a dominant personality and perhaps a somewhat arrogant and brusque way of dealing with both patients and staff. He may also have been somewhat old-fashioned in his approach to patients and did not explain to them all the time what he was doing before he did it and why it was necessary.

“He may have felt himself to be untouchable and unchallengeable at the time because of his position both in the practice and in society and, no doubt, you will want to bear in mind that things have changed over the years in relation to how a doctor should conduct himself towards a patient.”

Jurors heard how Tutin touched one woman’s breasts with both hands, fondling and squeezing them in what she described as a “really immature Benny Hill way as though he was feeling a couple of melons”.

The woman, then in her 20s, said she felt “confused” and the GP gave no explanation why he was doing it, jurors heard.

He “almost smirked” after telling another young woman to take her top off so he could take her blood pressure, then groping her, the court heard.

At the time of the offences there was a “general disinclination to complain or make a fuss” and a level of trust that “doctor knows best”, Ms O’Neill said.

The court heard there were criminal allegations of sexual abuse in 1999 resulting in two trials, none of which involved any of the complainants nor resulted in any “adverse findings”.