GP charged with sex assault on patient
PUBLISHED: 07:00 07 April 2015
A FAMILY GP from Worle has been charged with sexually assaulting a female patient during an examination, the Mercury can exclusively reveal.
Dr Steven Pearse-Danker, aged 58, was charged with the offence on Monday after voluntarily attending Weston police station in Walliscote Road for questioning by detectives from Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s investigations unit.
The doctor is accused of assaulting a patient – who cannot be named for legal reasons – while working at an out-of-hours clinic on the morning of August 2, 2014.
Details revealed to the Mercury by the Crown Prosecution Service say the woman had waited for approximately 45 minutes before being seen by the doctor.
He is then alleged to have sexually assaulted her while carrying out a medical examination at about 10.45am.
It is understood that Dr Pearse-Danker last worked at Locking Castle Medical Centre, in Highlands Lane, after leaving his role as partner of the Worle Medical Practice four years ago.
Locking Castle Surgery declined to comment when approached by the Mercury.
However, the alleged incident is not said to have taken place at either the Locking Castle or Worle surgeries, but instead relates to a time when Dr Pearse-Danker was working at another location in North Somerset.
Dr Pearse-Danker first qualified as a doctor in 1982, after graduating from the University of London. He also stood as a UKIP candidate in the 2013 North Somerset Council by-election in North Worle, but lost the seat to Derek Mead.
He will appear before magistrates at North Somerset Courthouse on April 14, charged with one count of sexually assaulting a patient.
Dr Pearse-Danker, of Hawthorn Hill, has yet to enter a plea in response to the charge, but will be given the chance to do so when he appears in court later this month.