Doctor Who Molested Girl Could Treat Patients Again

Doctor Who Molested Girl Could Treat Patients Again
 Doctor Who Molested Girl Could Treat Patients Again
doctor who molested girl could treat patients again Doctor Who Molested Girl Could Treat Patients Again

Dr Amitabh Kumar could be treating patients within a year despite having molested a teenage schoolgirl on a bus

A disgraced doctor who molested a 15-year-old girl on a double decker bus could soon be treating patients again after vowing to give up sex and alcohol.

Dr Amitabh Kumar, 48, had been watching pornography and had packets of condoms in his pocket when he rubbed his foot up and down his victim’s leg and fondled the back of her neck on the bus in Bradford, West Yorkshire.

The terrified girl had to be rescued by another passenger and Kumar was detained on the vehicle. The teenager later told police she was ‘very shaken and scared’ and said she lived in fear of seeing her attacker again on a bus.

Twice married Kumar – who claimed he had a ‘memory blackout’ at the time of the assault because he had been drinking – was later spared jail and was reported to the General Medical Council.

But rather than being struck off, he escaped was given a 12-month suspension after a disciplinary panel said the attack was ‘fleeting in nature’ and ‘did not involve the touching of any intimate private parts.’

A review hearing at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard Kumar – who is still on the Sex Offender Register – could be practising again within a year.

He told the panel he is now celibate and undergoing treatment for alcohol dependency and said he hoped the girl had moved on because his touch was ‘brief’.

His suspension was continued for a further nine months while he gets his knowledge of medicine up to date.

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Kumar, from Bradford, pleaded guilty to a charge of sexual assault in August 2014 and was ordered to complete 60 hours unpaid work, sign the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years and pay the girl £300 compensation plus £145 in costs and surcharges.

He was suspended for a year by the MPTS in 2015 and it was extended for another 12 months last year.

Initially Kumar, from Bradford, denied wrongdoing – claiming he inadvertently touched the girl when trying to put his hand on a rail. But he later admitted the offence, claiming it happened in a ‘moment of madness’.

Giving evidence at the latest Medical Practitioners Tribunal hearing in Manchester Dr Kumar – who wants to work in psychiatry – accepted he committed the assault but told the hearing: ‘Unfortunately I don’t recall it because of my alcohol induced amnesia – there was a black out period.

‘I was too drunk, I couldn’t stop my impulse to touch the person, it doesn’t take away from the gravity because I was drunk. I used to maintain a very high standard moral for myself and being labelled as a paedophile is not an easy existence, I know I feel guilty.’

He added: ‘I don’t know how it happened apart from alcohol must have been a major influence in my loss of control. I shall be on a self imposed probation for the rest of my life, where I can never let my guard down.’

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The Medical Practitioners Tribunal (pictured) was told Kumar is a ‘medium risk to the public’

But Nicholas Walker, a lawyer for the General Medical Council, said: ‘It’s now more than three years since the sexual assault but he’s not used that time to demonstrate insight, we say Dr Kumar has done the reverse. He went out looking for sex, he was watching pornography and entered the bus as part of that plan armed with condoms and other items he felt would aid him in the task.

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‘He claimed to have been assaulted and even tortured whilst in police custody, he blamed his consumption of alcohol and spoke of patchy recollection. He seems to say there could not have been sexual intent because there was no repetition.

‘He’s still a medium risk to members of the public and children and has shown a complete lack of judgement. He will never accept what is obvious.’

Chairing the tribunal Jonathan James told Kumar: ‘You have engaged in some work and taken steps in remediation… You were frank and open in a way that enabled the Tribunal to take your evidence at face value.

‘It found you to be genuine and honest. Your approach and attitude was that if the incident did take place, then it is inexcusable and indefensible. You did not seek to diminish the seriousness of the incident or the gravity of the offence for which you were convicted.

‘Although you have questioned the fact of the conviction, you have not disputed the significance of it. You displayed deep remorse and in the circumstances where you genuinely cannot recall what you did, the Tribunal considers your level of remorse to have been deep and heartfelt.

‘It is satisfied that you have now fully appreciated the gravity of the offence. The Tribunal considers that you have demonstrated insight into the matters which have brought you before it. In these circumstances, it is satisfied that you would not repeat the behaviour which brought you before it. Accordingly, the Tribunal finds that you are no longer impaired by reason of your conviction.’

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