A GP forced a teenage acne patient with learning difficulties to perform a sex act on him at his surgery, a medical tribunal heard.
Dr Steven Ashenford treated the 17-year-old girl for acne and a bad back at the Sutton Hill Medical Practice in Telford, Shropshire, in March 2007.
He bought her an iPod for her birthday and they met up in cafes where they “snogged and kissed”, the General Medical Council (GMC) hearing in Manchester was told.
GMC counsel Peter Atherton said yesterday the girl, known as Patient E, struck up a friendship during appointments and she gave him advice about his young daughter, who also had a learning disability. They exchanged texts and emails, the hearing was told.
Mr Atherton said the doctor told Patient E he was “going through a rough patch with his wife” and they were getting divorced.
He said: “She described how he said to her that if he hadn’t met his wife how he would have liked to have met her. She told the doctor she was in love with him.”
During one appointment to assess Patient E’s bad back he asked to touch her breasts, Mr Atherton said, adding that Patient E told police “she felt shocked and uncomfortable and couldn’t tell him she was in fact scared and embarrassed”.
Dr Ashenford told his bosses – before he was suspended – that he believed a 17-year-old patient was becoming “dependent” on him and a month later that he had a “stalker” who was sending sexually-charged emails to him.
Mr Atherton said he was arrested at his home on suspicion of rape in October 2007. He said Dr Ashenford told police Patient E had accused two people of rape in the past and claimed she was “pushy and suggestive”.
Mr Atherton revealed that Dr Ashenford emailed his bosses at the surgery and told them: “I’ve gone soft in the head with my divorce”.
He said the doctor had a history of “professional boundary issues” in his relationships with patients.
Dr Ashenford admitted having sex with two other patients while working at different surgeries in Telford, Shropshire, in 2006 and 2007, Mr Atherton said.
He also struck up a friendship with an 11-year-old girl when he worked at the Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, sending her ten text messages a day and making social plans with her mother.
Dr Ashenford also gave a Playstation game to an 11-year-old boy who was a hospital patient, the hearing was told.
Mr Atherton said the doctor’s colleagues expressed concern about the fact he handed out his mobile telephone number to patients and offloaded his marital woes on them.
The hearing was told the doctor, who qualified at the University of Aberdeen in 2001, was married to an older, Russian, woman and they had a daughter who was brain damaged at birth.
Dr Ashenford denies having a sexual relationship with Patient E.
Police never charged Dr Ashenford with rape in relation to Patient E.
The hearing continues.