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Surgeon cleared of sex assaults

A West Midlands plastic surgeon has been cleared of indecently assaulting five of his patients.

It was alleged Aivar Bracka, 59, had attacked young males being treated in the 1980s and early 1990s while working at a hospital in the Dudley area.

But he told the court he did intimate examinations on patients as it was the best way to explain their medical problems and the necessary treatment.

Mr Bracka, from Wordsley, was cleared of six counts of indecent assault.

The surgeon, from Balmoral Road, who specialises in corrective surgery for genital deformities, was suspended by the Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust in August 2007.

Mr Bracka, described as a world leader in his field, was found not guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court.

'Very distressing'

In a statement issued after the jury returned its verdicts, Mr Bracka's solicitor, Ian Sadler, said his client was delighted at the outcome of the trial.

"This has been a very distressing time for Mr Bracka," Mr Sadler said.

"He is looking forward to putting the matter behind him and focusing on continuing to provide a very high standard of care to his many patients."

The Dudley Group of Hospitals issued a statement on behalf of its chief executive, Paul Farenden.

"We are very pleased that this case has concluded positively for Mr Aivar Bracka," Mr Farenden said.

"Mr Bracka is a highly experienced, internationally-renowned consultant in genito-urethral plastic surgery who has worked for The Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 1982.

"As one of the few practising consultants operating at this level of expertise in Europe, his surgical skills are widely recognised as unique."

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