Hospital dentist gets jail for sex assaults
A dentist who sexually assaulted two patients while treating them at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, has been jailed for a year.
Chetan Somaiya, 32, will also have to leave the UK and return to India once he has served his term.
Sentencing Somaiya at Cambridge Crown Court, Judge Jonathan Haworth said he had committed a ‘complete and utter breach of trust’ by taking advantage of his victims, reports the Cambridge Evening News.
The judge said he believed Somaiya, of Enfield, Essex, deliberately targeted women whose first language was not English. The offences were committed within 10 days of each other last July.
The first woman was an Argentinean who attended Addenbrooke’s for a check-up and X-ray. Somaiya massaged her breasts and tweaked her nipples.
The second victim was an 18-year-old Italian language student who went to accident and emergency after being injured in a cycle crash.
Somaiya took her into a cubicle and rubbed her breasts, and touched her low down on her stomach and back.
He was convicted of two counts of sexual assault on 25 June after a trial in which he had denied any wrongdoing, claiming the only physical contact had been part of legitimate examinations.
Adrian Darbishire, mitigating, said Somaiya would have to return to India on his release because he would not be granted leave to remain in light of his conviction.
He added that Somaiya’s wife, aged 30 and also a dentist, was expecting the couple’s first child in February.
Judge Haworth said he had taken Somaiya’s previous good character and the effect of a jail term – of which he will serve half – into account.
He told Somaiya: ‘What you did was to take advantage of two women for whom English was not their first language.
‘The way you treated them was a complete and utter breach of trust.’