Date set for doctor sexual assault trial

PUBLISHED: 18:00 01 October 2015 | UPDATED: 09:16 02 October 2015

Pearse-Danker

Pearse-Danker

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A NORTH Somerset doctor is to face trial after denying sexually assaulting a female patient during an out-of-hours clinic appointment.

Dr Steven Pearse-Danker, who lives in Hawthorn Hill in Worle, has been accused of inappropriately touching a 22-year-old woman while examining her at Clevedon Hospital.

The alleged victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, says she was inappropriately touched by the doctor in the morning of August 2 last year.

Pearse-Danker, aged 59, was first charged in April and denied the offence at a court hearing in May, and has appeared at Bristol Crown Court on September 25 for a trial date to be set.

He will have to return to the court on November 30 for trial, which is expected to last three days.

The GP was a partner of Worle Medical Practice up until four years ago, before he moved on to work at Locking Castle Medical Centre.

Pearse-Danker also stood as a UKIP candidate in the 2013 North Somerset Council by-election in North Worle, but lost the seat to Derek Mead.

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