“Position of trust” refers to professional roles in which adults have close contact with children. As a doctor, you are in a position of trust, and so, it is possible that you could be accused of a sexual offence.
At Sutton Defence Lawyers, we understand that claims of sexual abuse, harassment and exploitation can be damaging to your reputation as a medical professional, even if the allegations against you are false. Giving patients the confidence to trust you is the most important quality that you have as a doctor, and this can be easily taken away by an allegation of sexual misconduct.
Abuse of position of trust sexual offences
In the UK, the age of sexual consent is 16, however, in situations where the accused is in a position of trust, the consenting age increases to 18.
What are the implications of abuse of trust sexual offences?
As well as criminal proceedings, abuse of trust can lead to disciplinary action within your employment or dismissal. In addition, it can also result in investigatory action by the General Medical Council (GMC) due to fitness to practise concerns. You can also face referral to the Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS).
It is therefore paramount that you seek legal advice if you are accused of sexual offences in your position of trust as a doctor.
How can our sexual offences defence experts help you?
It is vital that you get in touch with us as soon as an allegation has been made against you or if you believe that one will be made. Taking action swiftly can help to minimise the impact and ensure that your next steps are made with caution to protect you.
Seeking legal advice as soon as possible means that we can help to work in your best interests depending on the circumstances.
Contact Our Sexual Offences Defence for Doctors Lawyers (London, Birmingham, Manchester)
We know that being accused of a sexual offence is a distressing experience for you and all involved. At Sutton Defence Lawyers, our sexual offences experts are here to provide you with specialist legal advice to ensure that you understand all the options available to you. We will help you progress with the best course of action for your situation.
Our main priority is safeguarding the rights of our clients and ensuring that your reputation as a medical professional is protected as best it can be. We aim to deal with your sensitive matter as efficiently and discreetly as possible to minimise the impact it may have on your life and career.