January 2007

Perv dentist struck off for groping girls

A PERVY Sedgley dentist who groped two young girls in his chair has been struck off after “bringing the profession into disrepute”.

Manoj Chopra, who worked at Sedgley Dental Care, has been booted out of his profession after being jailed for eight months last July for assaulting two girls aged 12 and 13.

A hearing of the General Dental Council’s professional conduct committee in London on Monday January 8 decided the 39-year-old father-of-two’s behaviour “abused his trust” as a dentist.

The two attacks were carried out ten years apart – the first in Wednesbury in June 1995 and the second at his Sedgley practice in 2005.

Committee chairman Jason Leitch said: “These are serious offences and can only serve to bring the profession into disrepute and undermine public confidence in the profession.

“The offence goes to the heart of the professional relationship between dentist and patient which relies on trust. You abused that trust.

“Additionally, the fact that you have been placed on the Sex Offenders Register for a period of ten years is incompatible with your continuing as a member of the dental profession.”

Chopra, of Merridale Grove, Wolverhampton, launched an unsuccessful High Court appeal against his conviction and was banned from working with children for life.

He had worked as a dentist for 15 years and earned up to £100,000 per year.

He has 28 days to appeal against the verdict but the hearing was told he was now selling his Sedgley practice.