Doctor denies assaulting girl

PUBLISHED: 13:36 23 April 2008 | UPDATED: 20:13 05 July 2010

A doctor obsessed with child pornography acted out his dark sexual fantasies on a 13-year-old girl in the Norfolk hospital he worked at, a court heard yesterday.

A doctor obsessed with child pornography acted out his dark sexual fantasies on a 13-year-old girl in the Norfolk hospital he worked at, a court heard yesterday.

Rashid Sandhu, an A&E doctor at the James Paget University Hospital, (JPH) Gorleston, admitted to having a stash of more than 170 pornographic images of children on his home computer.

And it is claimed that Sandhu's unhealthy obsession with the child images led him to sexually assault a teenage girl after she had gone to see him about stomach and urinary pains.

The Pakistan national is said to have inserted tubes in the girl and rubbed her breast with gel during an illegal medical procedure in an office at the JPH last June.

He is alleged to have informed the girl she needed an abortion after he falsely told her that tests showed she was pregnant.

Yesterday the jury on the first day of the 30-year-old's trial for sexual assault was told he had admitted on Monday to possessing more than 170 images on his computer. He had also stored links to sex internet sites such Paedo Sex and Underage Teenage Virgins.

The discovery was made after he was arrested for sexual assault and his home was searched.

Matthew McNiff, prosecuting, said that Sandhu had an obsession with child porn and convinced his 13-year-old victim to pose in the exact same way as one of the images he had at home.

Mr McNiff said: “He saw the opportunity to pursue this obsession to another level. He chose to act on this dark, deep urge.”

Sandhu lured the girl into the office after she had gone to the JPH with a 15-year-old friend to say they both had stomach pains and had problems going to the toilet.

After an initial examination Sandhu accessed the JPH system to get the girl's phone numbers and during several telephone calls falsely told them they might be pregnant and needed to see him the next day.

Mr McNiff said: “There was no medical reason to make that call. That series of calls was in the face of known and established reality.”

It is alleged that Sandhu told the two girls to meet him at a bus stop and then took them into the hospital through a side door and into an office to carry out further checks and procure an abortion on the 13-year-old.

Mr McNiff said that in the room Sandhu 'Began to massage her breast and inserted a tube into her private parts'.

He then made her to kneel on floor on all fours - just like one of the pornographic images - and tried to take a photograph of her.

He added: “He was not acting in a lawfully or legitimate medical capacity. It was clear that this was sexual.”

After the alleged assault Sandhu told the girl that 'Sometimes in his job he just gets a bit horny'.

Giving evidence the 13-year old told the court how she felt after Sandhu's alleged attack.

“There was something not quite right about that doctor. I was just really upset. I was weak.”

John Donelly, defending, said his client had only called the girls in a pre-arranged call to avoid accidentally telling the 13-year-old's family about the hospital visit and that he would give the test results over the telephone.

However the alleged victim and her friend still went to the JPH the next day and after seeing Sandhu in the car park asked to see him, it was claimed.

Mr Donelly said that once in the office the girl asked Sandhu for either 'over or under the counter' morning after pills and became abusive after he refused.

It is claimed the girl said: “He would have given it(the pill) to me if I was Asian'. She then racially abused him before leaving.

Sandhu, who lived in Hopton, near Yarmouth, but now resides in Kent, denies one count of sexual assault. The trial continues.

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