Sussex

GP Antony Collis guilty of abusing girls in East Sussex

Antony Collis
Image caption Collis worked as at the Belmont Surgery, serving Wadhurst, Ticehurst and Frant, for 25 years

A former family doctor has been found guilty of indecently assaulting young girls at his surgery.

Antony Collis, 59, of Stonegate, near Wadhurst, East Sussex, was found guilty of eight counts of indecent assault involving five girls aged under 14.

The Old Bailey was told the girls were assaulted during examinations behind a curtain while their mothers innocently waited on the other side.

The offences were committed over a 10-year period until 2003.

'Abuse of trust'

The court was told that pornographic images of children had been viewed on Collis's two computers which were seized after his arrest.

Judge Peter Rook remanded Collis in custody for sentencing on Friday and warned him he was facing a "substantial" prison sentence.

He said: "These are very serious matters indeed. They amount to a gross abuse of trust."

Collis worked at the Belmont Surgery, serving Wadhurst, Ticehurst and Frant, for 25 years.

He was found guilty of eight counts of indecent assault and admitted two offences of making indecent pictures of children.

He was cleared of four counts of indecent assault and two further counts on the directions of the judge.

Collis was told to stop practising at the surgery in 2003 following complaints.

Sussex Police investigated but decided there was insufficient evidence to prosecute.

In 2007 he was struck off the medical register after the General Medical Council found 43 instances of misconduct in relation to inappropriate examinations of girls.

In 2008 police reopened the investigation and charged him.

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