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Groping dentist is struck off

A dentist who groped a teenage dental nurse has been struck off the register following a General Dental Council (GDC) hearing.

Dr Martin Kono Abe, 36, grabbed the young woman's breasts as she sat at a computer at a surgery in Blackburn. He was convicted of sexual assault after a Preston Crown Court trial in March and given a 12-month supervision order.

Kono Abe had recently set up a new dental surgery just south of Edinburgh after his Blackburn conviction, but now faces a fight to keep that £500,000 business going after being banned from practising following a two-day GDC hearing in London.

Tribunal chair Rita Glover said: ‘Your conduct was fundamentally incompatible with the standards expected of a professional person. You were in a position of authority over a young member of staff. This constituted a breach of trust.'

The panel had decided that a suspension would not fulfil the requirement to protect the public.

The French Cameroon dentist had told the committee he wanted to return to work at his Edinburgh practice. He said: ‘I just want to say I am not here to discuss any technicalities. I just want to work.

‘I am proud to say I am a dentist. I have given a lot to become a dentist. I am a good dentist. I am not a danger to anyone. The trial was a matter of my word against their word. I have been found guilty of one charge but that doesn't mean I have done this.

‘I have been convicted of a sexual assault on a woman. It is entirely out of character.'

Kono Abe, who has always protested his innocence, added: ‘My community service has been terminated. I am just wondering how often I will be punished for something I say I have never done.'

He qualified in Germany and first worked in Cologne before moving to the UK in October 2004, first working in Devon, before securing his Blackburn post.

The sexual assault allegations against him emerged in May 2005 and included indecent behaviour towards another nurse. He was convicted of only one of the seven charges during a trial at Preston Crown Court.

Kono Abe must now wait for five years before he can apply to rejoin the profession.

 Posted on : Wed 18th - Jul - 2007

 

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