Dr Rajesh Kumar Mehta groped a woman’s breast when she visited the doctor, fearing she was going to have a heart attack.
Dr Rajeshkumar Mehta, 64, of Coventry, was jailed for 15 months after he was found guilty of sexual assault at Birmingham Crown Court. He will also have to sign the sex offenders register for 10 years.
The court was told, the doctor had started working recently at Sparkhill Primary Care and Community Centre.
On 10 May 2016 a woman visited the walk in centre complaining of chest pain.
The victim was suffering from anxiety and she feared she might have a heart attack.
Dr Mehta questioned the victim, took down some notes and then asked the victim to lie down on the diagnostic bed.
The victim unbuttoned her blouse for the doctor to examine but the Dr Mehta pulled down her vest and bra exposing her breasts and fondling them.
The victim was “frozen with shock”, the court was told.
The victim asked Mehta of what he was doing and he immediately stopped and moved away.
Dr Mehta then questioned her about her sexual partners which made the victim uncomfortable.
The victim did not complain at that point but after talking to her daughter about the incident she went to the surgery and reported the incident.
Judge Kristina Montgomery QC told Mehta: “She looked to you for professionalism, care and concern – and you returned that request by abusing her.
“This was a patient in a particularly vulnerable state, anxious, confused and frightened by her symptomatology and you utilised that, in my view, to carry out a sexual assault upon her without fearing at that time that she would be physically and mentally robust enough to defend herself and complain about you after the event.”
The Judge accepted and took a note that the doctor was of good character but did not show any remorse and still pleads not guilty.
The Judge added the incident had had impact on the victim’s education.
Scott Avill, defending, said Mehta had been in practice for nearly four decades and there had been no suggestion of any previous inappropriate behaviour.
“The consequences of this conviction have been devastating for him and for his family,” he said.
“He had planned to work as an ad hoc locum up to the age of 70. That opportunity has now gone.
“He has lost entirely his reputation. He was an enormously respected individual enjoying a successful career.
“That career is, of course, now in tatters, and he will inevitably be struck off.”
If you have been sexually assaulted, whether as an adult or a young person, it is important to remember that it wasn’t your fault. Sexual violence is a crime, no matter who commits it or where it happens. Don’t be afraid to get help.
The following services will also provide treatment or support, and can refer you to another service if you need more specialist help (such as a SARC):
a voluntary organisation, such as Women’s Aid, Victim Support, The Survivors Trust or Survivors UK (for male victims of sexual assault)
the free, 24-hour National Domestic Violence Helpline on 0808 2000 247
the Rape Crisis national freephone helpline on 0808 802 9999 (12-2.30pm and 7-9.30pm every day of the year)
a hospital accident and emergency (A&E) department
a genitourinary medicine (GUM) or sexual health clinic
a contraceptive clinic
a young people’s service
the police, or dial 101
in an emergency, dial 999