Kent

Barend Delport: Sex assault GP struck off register

Barend Delport Image copyright Kent Police
Image caption Barend Delport took more than 800 photographs of patients

A GP who took intimate pictures of women and children who were his patients has been struck off the medical register.

Barend Delport, 55, was jailed for six years in September after admitting 26 offences at Maidstone Crown Court.

He sexually assaulted patients and took more than 800 photos of them at his surgery in Swanley, Kent.

The Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service heard his victims ranged in age from 18 months to 60 years old.

Its panel said removing Delport's registration was the "only proportionate sanction".

Delport pleaded guilty to two counts of possessing indecent images of children, five of making indecent images of children and 12 of taking indecent images of children.

He admitted two further indecent assaults after another victim came forward following his last court hearing.

"Sexual misconduct seriously undermines public trust in the medical profession," the panel said.

Image caption The incidents happened at the Oaks Surgery in Swanley

"In this case Dr Delport's conviction of a number of offences, including sexual assault and the making and possessing of indecent photographs of children, is particularly serious.

"In view of this, the panel considers that a period of suspension is neither sufficient nor proportionate.

"The panel is of the view that his conviction is so serious as to be fundamentally incompatible with his continuing registration as a medical practitioner."

The panel said that unless Delport, of Tunbridge Wells, appealed, his name would be erased from the register 28 days after the written notice was served on him

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