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Thursday, 23 June 2016
Former gynaecologist guilty of sex assaults on patients
Aformer gynaecologist has been found guilty of sexually assaulting patients during medical consultations.
Mahash Vidyadhar Patwardhan, 53, from Essex, was convicted of offences against four women he had treated at two London hospitals where he worked between 2008 and 2012.
Woolwich Crown Court heard how he abused his position of trust at the hospitals to sexually assault the women.
The offences occurred at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Greenwich and the Blackheath Hospital in Lewisham.
Patwardhan was struck of the medical register in October 2014 after a General Medical Council (GMC) in October 2014 after complaints relating to three victims were upheld.
Police also began an investigation and he was arrested on 20 November 2014 at Heathrow Airport as he returned to the UK on a flight from India.
As a result of publicity more victims came forward to the police to make complaints against Patwardhan.
He was charged with six counts of sexual assault and also two fraud charges.
Detective Constable Mark Azariah, from the Met’s Sexual Offences, Exploitation and Child Abuse Command at Lewisham, said: “Patwardhan is a highly manipulative individual, having used his position of trust and authority to prey on the victims under his medical care believing that they would be too embarrassed to report such offences to police.
“Thankfully he was mistaken and I commend the victims for their courage in speaking out despite the sensitivity surrounding their personal medical concerns.
He will be sentenced on the 26 July at Woolwich Crown Court.
He was found not guilty on two counts of sexual assault against two further women