Waltham Cross doctor convicted of sexual assault

23/03/2010

A 61 year-old GP from Waltham Cross has been found guilty of indecent and sexual assault in relation to two of his patients and one work colleague.

Kanval Nagpal, of Goff's Oak, was the senior practitioner at the Stanhope Surgery in Waltham Cross between 1987 and 2008 during which time complaints were made about his inappropriate behaviour.

The jury at St Albans Crown Court found Nagpal guilty of one count of indecent assault in relation to an incident involving a patient in November 1994 in which he inappropriately touched her genitals.

He was also found guilty of five counts of sexual assault in relation to one patient and a work colleague in July and August 2008.  In the most serious incident involving this patient, he invited her to his home under false pretences.  There he spoke to her about oral sex before rubbing himself up against her on an exercise machine, on the work surface in the kitchen and outside his downstairs toilet.  He pushed her onto his bed claiming he was going to rape her and asked her if she wanted to earn money by having sex with English people he knew.

Speaking about the case CPS Hertfordshire reviewing lawyer, Susan Krikler said, "Patients came to see Mr Nagpal for medical advice.  For a number of women they left feeling violated having been the subject of indecent and sexual assaults.

"He abused his position of authority and trust by relying on his patients' respect for his position as a medical practitioner to protect him from detection.  He nearly succeeded with one victim stating that she did not want to complain because he was a doctor and she was "nothing".

"He assaulted his victims and, when challenged, denied behaving in any way other than in line with his professional standards.

"I would like to thank the victims who came forward to make complaints against Mr Nagpal, because without them we would not have been able to secure the convictions today."

Kanval Nagpal will be sentenced to a total of 16 months imprisonment.