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Philipp Bonhoeffer guilty of sexually motivated conduct

  • 22 September 2012
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Professor Philipp Bonhoeffer
Image caption Philipp Bonhoeffer was dismissed by Great Ormond Street Children's Hospital in 2010

A former Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH) cardiologist has been found guilty of inappropriate and sexually motivated conduct.

Philipp Bonhoeffer was found to have behaved inappropriately towards children in Kenya and a boy in France. He has always denied any wrongdoing.

The ruling was made at a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service fitness to practise panel on Friday.

The panel will rule on Monday whether his fitness to practise is impaired.

Professor Bonhoeffer was employed by GOSH from 2001. In 2002 he became head of cardiology until his dismissal in May 2010.

The tribunal panel in Manchester decided it was proven that Professor Bonhoeffer committed inappropriate conduct while in Kenya to undertake charitable medical work between 1993 and 2008.

It found that in 1995 during an overnight stay at a camp in the Marsabit District of Kenya he behaved in a sexually motivated way towards a boy of 13.

Professor Bonhoeffer was also found to have touched a 16-year-old Kenyan boy sexually, telling him such conduct was normal and acceptable in Europe.

'Unconnected with duties'

He was also found to have had inappropriate sexual conduct towards a 15-year-old Kenyan boy who shared a bed with him.

And he was found to have kissed the younger brother of that teenager - who was aged 10 or 11 - on the mouth.

A Great Ormond Street Hospital spokeswoman has said the doctor stopped seeing patients at the trust in 2009.

She said: "We have been reassured by the GMC that this hearing is unconnected with his duties at the hospital."

A statement from the professor's lawyers said he maintained his denial of the allegations.

It went on: "He has no intention of resuming the practice of medicine in the United Kingdom.

"He no longer has any confidence in the fairness of the process or, given the history of the case, that the proceedings will be concluded in a timely way."

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