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A married dentist who was jailed after a judge found him guilty of sexual assault has been struck off the dentists' register.

In September 2010, Roger Klein, a 42-year-old married father, was ordered to spend 15 months in prison (later reduced to 12 months following an appeal) and sign the sex offender's register for 10 years by Judge Martin Rudland.

He was accused of sexual assault by a female patient, who claimed he had pinned her down and tried to touch her inappropriately.

The General Dental Council (GDC) committee said at a hearing in February that:'Mr Hockton, on your behalf, submitted that whilst your conduct was serious, it would be disproportionate for the Committee to erase your name from the dental register.

'He stated that this was an isolated incident and there is no risk of harm to patients or the public. He drew the Committee's attention to the need not to lose the services of an excellent dentist.

'Mr Hockton referred to the devastating personal and financial consequences of this conviction on you and handed in a letter from you which the Committee has read. He put before the Committee a bundle of testimonials from patients and professional colleagues.

'Five patients gave evidence and spoke highly of you and of their regard for your clinical abilities and personal qualities. All would be willing to continue as your patients.'

But added: ‘The Committee, having listened to the representations from bothsides, has decided that, it is in the public interest and consistentwith the decision already taken on sanction, that the suspension shouldtake immediate effect. This is necessary to maintain public confidencein the profession.'

Mr Klein was manager of the Regent Cosmetic Dental Practice in Knutsford, Cheshire.

 Posted on : Thu 3rd - Mar - 2011

 

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