Dentist flashed leopard-print thong at nurse

A dentist today admitted groping a young nurse and flashing his leopard-print thong at a second but told a disciplinary tribunal he did not mean to upset them.

Anthony Barton said he did touch his then 22-year-old assistant on the bottom on three consecutive days but he denied groping her between the legs and said that he thought she had seen it as "a bit of fun".

He also told the General Dental Council he pulled down the waistband of his trousers to reveal a glimpse of a "joke" thong to amuse another dental nurse after they discussed what he wore on the beach.

He also admitted he would regularly strip to the waist in his treatment room in front of his dental nurse in order to change into his dentist's tunic before he started work.

But he denied accusations that he had asked a nurse if her breasts were real, squeezed her thigh or asked her if she shaved her pubic hair.

Married Mr Barton, who worked at the Red Rose Dental Group in Wigan, said he did say to the same nurse: "If you want a bit of fun you know where I am," but he denied he was asking her for casual sex and said it was meant as a joke.

"At the time I didn't believe that she took it any other way than that."

He also admitted that during an affair with one of his four dental nurses the pair had oral sex in the surgery after hours around 20 times and full intercourse on two occasions.

But he said: "I can say now looking back that that was totally inappropriate and is not the type of thing I'd ever want to repeat."

Of the incident in which he groped his nurse's bottom, he said: "I thought at the time that she had consented. I was not aware that she was upset by any of it. It was a bit cheeky but at no time did I want it to progress any further.

"I had had an affair and I truly regret it. I wouldn't want it to happen again and I did not view her in that way particularly."

Of her claim that on the third occasion that he touched her bottom he also grabbed her forcefully between the legs, he said: "I never intentionally touched anything more than her bottom but if she did feel that had happened it could only be my fingertips brushing past."

Start your day with The Independent, sign up for daily news emails
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
ebooks
ebooksAn introduction to the ground rules of British democracy
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

iJobs Job Widget
iJobs General

Recruitment Genius: Business Travel Consultant

£20000 - £26000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: With offices in London, Manches...

Recruitment Genius: Stock Broker / Trainee Broker / Closer - OTE £250,000

£30000 - £250000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Stock Broker/ Trainee FX, Stoc...

Guru Careers: Software Developer / Web Developer (PHP / MYSQL)

£30 - 40k + Benefits & Bonus: Guru Careers: A Software / Web Developer (PHP / ...

Recruitment Genius: ICT Operations Manager

Negotiable: Recruitment Genius: This company is the single governing and regul...

Day In a Page

A groundbreaking study of 'Britain's Atlantis' long buried at the bottom of the North Sea could revolutionise how we see our prehistoric past

Britain's Atlantis

Scientific study beneath North Sea could revolutionise how we see the past
The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember,' says Starkey

The Queen has 'done and said nothing that anybody will remember'

David Starkey's assessment
Oliver Sacks said his life has been 'an enormous privilege and adventure'

'An enormous privilege and adventure'

Oliver Sacks writing about his life
'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

'Gibraltar is British, and it is going to stay British forever'

The Rock's Chief Minister hits back at Spanish government's 'lies'
Britain is still addicted to 'dirty coal'

Britain still addicted to 'dirty' coal

Biggest energy suppliers are more dependent on fossil fuel than a decade ago
Orthorexia nervosa: How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition

Orthorexia nervosa

How becoming obsessed with healthy eating can lead to malnutrition
Lady Chatterley is not obscene, says TV director

Lady Chatterley’s Lover

Director Jed Mercurio on why DH Lawrence's novel 'is not an obscene story'
Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests

Set a pest to catch a pest

Farmers in tropical forests are training ants to kill off bigger pests
Mexico: A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life

The dark side of Mexico

A culture that celebrates darkness as an essential part of life
Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde. Don't tell other victims it was theirs

Being sexually assaulted was not your fault, Chrissie Hynde

Please don't tell other victims it was theirs
A nap a day could save your life - and here's why

A nap a day could save your life

A midday nap is 'associated with reduced blood pressure'
If men are so obsessed by sex, why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?

If men are so obsessed by sex...

...why do they clam up when confronted with the grisly realities?
The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3

Jon Thoday and Richard Allen-Turner

The comedy titans of Avalon on their attempt to save BBC3
The bathing machine is back... but with a difference

Rolling in the deep

The bathing machine is back but with a difference
Part-privatised tests, new age limits, driverless cars: Tories plot motoring revolution

Conservatives plot a motoring revolution

Draft report reveals biggest reform to regulations since driving test introduced in 1935