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Abuse police surgeon struck off

A police surgeon who was jailed for drugging, raping and sexually assaulting young girls is to be struck off the medical register.

Dr Robert Wells, 52, who carried out the attacks in Southampton, was jailed for 15 years in June.   On Friday, the General Medical Council said: "This is an extremely serious case, because of the sexual nature of the offences and ages of his victims.   "He abused his position of trust and position as a doctor."

A spokeswoman for the GMC told BBC News Online that Wells had 28 days to appeal against the decision to prevent him practising anywhere in the UK.   In the meantime, he has been immediately suspended from the register.   Once struck off, he will not be able to reapply to be on the register for five years.

The committee ruling stated: "His behaviour has seriously undermined the confidence which the public are entitled to place in the medical profession and has damaged the reputation of the profession as a whole.   "This committee consider that Dr Wells has acted in a depraved and totally reprehensible manner."

Wells, a forensic medical examiner who worked in the Southampton and Winchester areas, was found guilty of nine of the 11 charges he faced.   The trial at Winchester Crown Court was told how Wells, from Cwmbran, south Wales, befriended the parents of the youngsters, one aged five and two aged 11, in order to gain access to them.

Police were alerted by the parents of two of the girls after they had spent time at Wells' flat in St Denys, Southampton.

Source: BBC News


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