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Jaswant Rathore: 'Arrogant' GP jailed for sexual assaults

Dr Jaswant Rathore arriving at court with his family Image copyright PA
Image caption Dr Jaswant Rathore (centre) was jailed for 12 years

An "arrogant" West Midlands GP has been jailed for 12 years after being convicted of using his position to sexually assault four female patients.

Jaswant Rathore conducted unnecessary massages in what was described as "a shocking breach of trust".

The attacks took place between 2008 and 2015 at Castle Meadows Surgery, Dudley.

Rathore, 60, of Ploughman's Walk, Wall Heath, was also placed on the sex offenders register indefinitely at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

The doctor was convicted of eight charges of sexual assault and two counts of assault by penetration following a seven-week trial but cleared of a further eight allegations relating to four other patients.

Jailing Rathore, Judge Michael Challinor said the married father-of-five's professional and personal life was a "complete shipwreck" after his conviction.

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Image caption The judge said Rathore's behaviour was a "shocking breach of trust"

He said: "You used your standing within the community as a cloak behind which you could carry out sexual assaults on your patients for your personal gratification.

"By your actions you violated the faith they had in you to carry out legitimate medical procedures.

"Some of your behaviour demonstrated a breathtaking degree of arrogance - you no doubt hoping your standing in the medical community would enable you to talk your way out of any difficulty."

He added Rathore's offences constituted a "shocking breach of trust".

Rathore was also made the subject of a 15-year sexual harm prevention order.

'Preyed on victims'

One of his patients had told the court how she had gone to see the doctor about pain in her hips.

Without proper consent, Dr Rathore removed her clothes and touched her inappropriately. This made her feel uncomfortable and distressed, the jury heard.

Ian Pinkney, from the Crown Prosecution Service, thanked the female patients who had come forward.

He said the doctor "preyed on women who contacted him for medical assistance".

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