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Jail term for sex assault dentist
A dentist who sexually assaulted a female patient while she was under sedation in his surgery has been jailed for three years.

Chee Wong, 47, committed the offence while removing wisdom teeth at his clinic in Guildford, Surrey.

He was convicted at Guildford Crown Court in February but was cleared of two other sex assaults.

Sentencing Wong, the judge said it was "a tragedy" to see a man of his ability stood in the dock for such an offence.

Patients place a great deal of trust in their dentists especially when they have to be sedated when they are thereby vulnerable
Judge John Crocker
The trial last month heard Wong groped the woman while she was still drowsy after having the wisdom teeth removed last spring.

The case heard the married father-of-two had given his victim an injection of the sedative Midazolam and had operated on her alone, with no nurse present.

The woman told the court Wong had groped and kissed her breasts, pulled down her trousers and tried to remove her knickers until she said "no".

Wong was cleared of two further counts of indecent assault and the jury failed to reach a verdict over a fourth charge.

Jolyon Perks, defending Wong, said hundreds of the dentist's patients had written to the court with glowing references for him.

Sentencing Wong on Friday, Judge John Crocker said: "It is a tragedy to see a man of your ability, supported obviously by loyal friends, loyal patients, standing in a dock in the Crown Court having been convicted of what in my view is a serious indecent assault on one of your patients.

"Patients place a great deal of trust in their dentists especially when they have to be sedated when they are thereby vulnerable."

Wong has been ordered to sign the sex offenders register.




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