A DOCTOR who was found guilty of 18 counts of indecent assaults on female patients has been jailed for 11 years.
Dr Gousul Islam, from Hatfield, was a doctor at Lyndhurst Surgery on Church Road, Stainforth, for over 30 years.
Between 1970 and 1995, Islam - now 70 - indecently assaulted eight woman, aged as young as 13-years-old to 28-years-old, on numerous occasions when they had appointments with him at the surgery.
They visited the doctor for minor ailments or routine examinations, which included complaints of a sore throat or regular health check ups, but were then indecently assaulted.
Islam was arrested in March 2010 following allegations of the assaults and was charged in October 2011. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
The trial started at Sheffield Crown Court on November 5 this year, and concluded yesterday with the jury finding Islam guilty.
DC Sharon Row, who led the investigation, said: “The sentence Islam has received reflects the seriousness of the offences he carried out against his female patients. He abused his position of trust and took advantage of these young women.
“I would like to express my sincere thanks to the women, who have been brave enough to come forward and report the crimes that he committed against them, and for their patience and understanding in what has been a lengthy and complex investigation. Without them, we wouldn’t have been able to achieve this conviction.
“We understand it is a difficult decision to make and we are fully supportive of anyone who reports an indecent or sexual assault, whether or not they choose to progress to court, and we will always provide as much assistance as possible to aid them gaining closure and convicting the offender.”
Anyone who believes they may have been a victim of a sexual offence should contact the police on 101.