County Durham surgeon cleared of child sex assault

Magdy Eskander
Image caption Magdy Eskander had denied the three charges of sexual assault

A retired orthopaedic surgeon has been cleared of sexually assaulting a girl during an examination.

Magdy Eskander was accused of touching the then-14-year-old while carrying out an examination at Darlington Memorial Hospital in 2011.

The 59-year-old had denied three charges of sexual assault, and was cleared by a jury following a trial at Teesside Crown Court.

Another charge regarding a second girl was dropped earlier in the trial.

The court heard that during his career as an orthopaedic surgeon he had examined about 600 children a year, and always insisted on a chaperone in the room.

He denied sexual assault, saying it was "offensive" to be compared to a "low-life paedophile".

The jury took just three hours to clear him.

After the verdict his legal team, speaking on his behalf, said it had been a "difficult and distressing time for everybody".

Dr Richard Stacey, from Medical Protection, said: "[Mr Eskander] has welcomed the opportunity of clearing his name.

"Now in his retirement, he is going to concentrate on his church and charity work."

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