Disgraced GP Alan Tutin, pictured, is facing jail after being convicted of sexually assaulting 15 women between 1980 and 2004
A trusted GP who believed he was ‘untouchable’ while molesting dozens of patients over two decades during ‘sexually motivated’ intimate examinations is facing jail.
Alan Tutin, 71, groped women and girls as young as 12 at the Merrow Park Practice in Guildford, Surrey, between 1980 and late 2004.
He sexually assaulted the patients ‘under the guise of breast examinations or vaginal examinations’ and the court heard he even squeezed a patient’s breasts in a ‘really immature Benny Hill way’ as if they were ‘a couple of melons’.
A court heard he groped women during breast exams for totally unrelated conditions including a head cold and appendicitis.
Tutin, of Tonbridge, Kent, was first accused of sex attacks against patients in 1999, leading to two trials at which he was cleared both times.
He was later accused of sexual assault by another woman in 2003, but the General Medical Council opted to take no further action, instead sending him a warning letter about the need for chaperones during examinations with female patients.
However another criminal investigation was launched in 2013 following several complaints and letters were sent to thousands of former patients at the practice asking about his conduct.
Tutin was convicted of 15 counts of indecent assault against victims as young as 15 after a nine-week trial at the Old Bailey.
He was cleared of a further seven charges at that trial, and then cleared of three more sex assault allegations at a retrial at Blackfriars Crown Court.
Tutin was also struck off for abusing five patients for his own sexual gratification by the GMC in 2009.
He strenuously denied the latest claims, insisting: ‘I have always tried to do my best for patients throughout my career.’
The case can now be reported after Judge Nigel Peters QC, lifted reporting restrictions following the latest verdicts at Blackfriars Crown Court.
Tutin qualified as a doctor in 1974 and spent the next few years doing hospital jobs in general medicine.
He then moved into general practice and after completing his year as a trainee GP, spent a year in a practice in Essex before joining the Merrow Park Practice in Guildford in 1980.
He remained a partner there for over 25 years, initially as a junior, rising to become senior partner.
His wife Angela was also a GP there and they lived with their four children in Guildford.
Sally O’Neill QC, prosecuting, said: ‘It seems that Alan Tutin ran the financial side of the practice and was undoubtedly someone who wielded a lot of influence.
‘He appears to have had quite a dominant personality and perhaps a somewhat arrogant and brusque way of dealing with both patients and staff.
‘He may also have been somewhat old-fashioned in his approach to patients and did not explain to them all the time what he was doing before he did it and why it was necessary.’
She added: ‘He may have felt himself to be untouchable and unchallengeable at the time because of his position both in the practice and in society and no doubt, you will want to bear in mind that things have changed over the years in relation to how a doctor should conduct himself towards a patient.’
Tutin was cleared of sexually abusing other women following two trials in 1999, then cleared of inappropriately examining eight women in routine check-ups after a General Medical Council hearing in 2001.
Tutin, pictured, was previously cleared of sex attacks at two trials in 1999, but was arrested again in 2013 when more victims came forward, prompting a five year investigation that ended in his conviction. He was cleared of 10 further allegations in this case, and will be sentenced on Friday