Tuesday, 12 April 2016

The doctor - who is already serving a 12-year jail term for rape and sexual assault - admits indecently assaulting 13 policewomen.
12:46, UK,Tuesday 12 April 2016
Dr Hugh Blaise O'Neill court case
A doctor convicted of child rape and sexual assault has pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting 13 female police officers.
Dr Hugh O'Neill, 61, is serving a 12-year jail sentence for rape and sexual assault convictions involving two girls aged under 14.
He has now admitted indecently assaulting 13 policewomen while working as Norfolk Police's medical adviser from 1991 until 2003.
O'Neill, previously of Tasburgh in south Norfolk, was a GP at Horsford Medical Centre.
He was also responsible for the health of Norfolk Police staff, including examining new recruits.
Detective Superintendent Kathryn Thacker, who led the inquiry, said: "It's now clear O'Neill was a sexual predator who operated in plain sight for a number of years.
"These pleas follow a detailed and sensitive investigation which began in 2014. O'Neill was clearly a repeat offender who abused his position of power for his own gratification.
"It was incredibly brave for the victims to come forward and speak to officers as his abuse has had a lasting effect on them all.
"During the inquiry, we have, and will continue to, offer them a range of support as we would do with all victims of crime."
O'Neill has been struck off the medical register and can no longer practise medicine.
He will be sentenced next Monday at Norwich Crown Court.