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Great Ormond Street chief guilty of abuse.


AN eminent former Great Ormond Street cardiologist has been found guilty of inappropriate and sexually motivated conduct by a medical disciplinary tribunal.

Philipp Bonhoeffer, who was dismissed from the famous hospital in May 2010, was adjudged to have caressed a boy aged 10 in France in 1997.

A fitness to practise panel of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester also found that he had behaved in an inappropriate manner towards youngsters in Kenya. The panel decided which facts it found proved against Prof Bonhoeffer, and will go on to consider on Monday whether it considers his fitness to practise is impaired.

It decided that while he was working at Hospital Necker, a teaching hospital in Paris, from 1995 to 1997, he regularly visited the home of DT and ET, and gave violin lessons to their son, FT.

In or around February 1997, he went into the bedroom of FT, then 10 years old, and caressed his whole body in actions which were sexually motivated, the panel decided.

Prof Bonhoeffer was employed by Great Ormond Street from 2001 to May 24, 2010, as a consultant cardiologist, and from 2002 as head of cardiology. From 2003 to 2008 he was chairman of the medical board of the charity The Chain of Hope.

Between 1993 and 2008, he travelled to Kenya to undertake charitable medical work, including, from 2005 onwards, through The Chain of Hope.

The panel found proved that in 1995, during an overnight stay at a camp in the Marsabit District of Kenya, he placed his hand inside the lower clothing of A, who was 13 at the time.

This behaviour was sexually motivated, and when he told A he was a doctor and was trying to find his femoral vein, this was intended to mislead and an abuse of his professional position, the panel decided.

The panel also found that in August 1998 the professor arranged for young Kenyan male children to stay with him in a flat at the Mater Hospital, Nairobi, provided to him on his trips to Kenya for charity work. Those staying with him included A, then 16, and C, then about 15.

The panel found proved that on the first night of A's stay at the flat he shared a bed with A and touched his buttocks. He also shared a bed with C, conduct which was inappropriate and sexually motivated, the panel found.

Prof Bonhoeffer was also found, between 2001 and 2008, to have arranged for Kenyan male children and young male adults, to whom he was providing financial support and gifts, to stay with him in the flat.

He was found to have shared a bed with G, who was aged between 10 and 17. In August 2008, he kissed F, aged 10 or 11, on the mouth, the panel found.
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Publication:Western Mail (Cardiff, Wales)
Geographic Code:6KENY
Date:Sep 22, 2012
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