Ex-NHS doctor, 55, dodges jail after spying on showering girl, 15, through hole in ceiling

Ex-NHS doctor, 55, dodges jail after spying on showering girl, 15, through hole in ceiling

AN ex-NHS doctor was spared jail today after he spied on a naked 15-year-old girl while she showered.

The teenager looked up to realise someone was watching her through a hole in the ceiling, a court heard.

Dr Jonathan Fielden, 55, was given a suspended prison sentence after he watched the girl for around 20 seconds before getting caught.

The anaesthetist admitted he had spied on her for his own sexual gratification.

Fielden, who admitted a charge of voyeurism, was one of the highest paid doctors in the country thanks to his £225,000 a year pay packet.

He was suspended and later resigned as deputy medical director and director of specialised commissioning at NHS England.

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And his registration to practice medicine has been axed by the General Medical Council.

During the hearing, it was said that work pressures had led the doctor to "self destruct."

His actions traumatised the victim so much that she could not bring herself to take showers for weeks, according to the prosecution.

She eventually told her family what happened and Fielden was arrested in December 2016.

Prosecutor Kate Fortescue said he had watched the teen for 15 to 20 seconds, explaining: “He looked down a ventilation pipe and watched her shower for his own sexual gratification.”

She said that, since the incident, Fielden had taken steps himself to address his offending behaviour by having counselling.

'TRAUMATISED'

Judge Foster was told that when the girl’s mother found out what had happened, it had deeply affected her own mental health and she had been prescribed antidepressants.

Barrister Alexandra Felix said Fielden had had a high pressure job and been under “particular stresses” which caused a “loss of judgement.”

Miss Felix added: “The destruction he has brought about on himself he accepts is of his own doing.”

She described Fielden as “dedicated to his calling.”

Judge Foster sentenced the doctor to five months imprisonment, which he suspended for 12 months and ordered he carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

It’s tragic to see you fall from grace in the way you have because of what you stupidly did

He was ordered to pay costs of £3,500 and must attend 30 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement days.

He was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and his name will go on the sex offenders' register.

Fielden was privately-educated at the £30,000 a year Bedford School and attended Bristol University.

Between 2006 and 2009 he was Chairman of the Central Consultants and Specialists Committee of the British Medical Association.

Fielden led the Care Quality Commission team which inspected Hinchingbrooke Hospital in 2014.

The hospital was put in special measures after being rated 'inadequate' by the CQC.

Fielden was appointed director of specialised commissioning at NHS England in October 2015.

He was considered to be the 49th most influential person in the NHS in 2015 by the Health Service Journal.

Judge Richard Foster sitting at Luton Crown Court told Fielden: “It’s tragic to see you, a man of such brilliance in your career – a hardworking man at the pinnacle of your career, responsible for a substantial part of the NHS budget – to fall from grace in the way you have because of what you stupidly did.”



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