|Robert Stephen Lewis|
A doctor was arrested on a charge of indecent assault after being accused of sexually assaulting multiple women during medical examinations, according to police in the United Kingdom.
Now, 51-year-old Robert Stephen Lewis of Shefford, has been sentenced to serve two and a half years in prison after being convicted of four counts of indecent assault.
The court was told that the case involved sexual activity between the doctor and three women.
Lewis abused his position of trust as a doctor and took advantage of his circumstances to sexually abuse the women during medical examinations for his own sexual gratification.
He deliberately targeted women he was not likely to see again and disguised what he was doing to ensure that those he assaulted would be less likely to complain.
The women were particularly vulnerable because they were desperate to pass their medical exams in order to secure new or alternative employment within the Ambulance or Fire Service.
Lewis denied any sexual wrongdoing or inappropriate conduct, but he was found guilty of 4 counts of indecent assault after a 4-week trial.
One of Lewis' victims described the impact the assault had on her.
She said: "I clearly remember how I felt when I walked into his consulting room that day. I felt happy, confident and excited about my future prospects. I left feeling humiliated, having been assaulted by Dr. Lewis. I remember feeling powerless, vulnerable, and ashamed."
The statement went on to describe how the victim no longer had trust in male medical professionals and is wary about leaving her child alone with men.