Doncaster ex-doctor sent for trial

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Magistrates have sent a former family doctor from Doncaster for trial on sexual assault allegations.

Andrew Michael Johnson made his first appearance at Doncaster Magistrates’ Court on Friday but did not make a plea before his case was committed to Sheffield Crown Court.

The 60-year-old, who attended court wearing an anorak and casual trousers, spoke only to confirm his identity.

Johnson, of Station Road, Bawtry, faces a total of 10 charges covering a period of 26 years from 1980 when he practised as a GP.

The alleged assaults are on nine women who were aged between 14 and 49 at the time they attended the Station Road surgery.

Johnson faces a total of 10 allegations, eight counts of indecent assault and two of sexual assault.

The prosection said one of the alleged offences is indictable only so must be tried before a judge at the Crown Court and because the other charges are related they should be heard at the same court.

The bench ordered Johnson to appear at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday, May 7, for a preliminary hearing and warned him that he would be committing an offence if he did not attend.

Johnson was granted bail with two conditions - that he does not contact any of the nine prosecution witnesses and has no unsupervised contact with any children under the age of 16.

The former doctor is no longer working as a GP and has not done so since 2006 when he retired from practice.

Police say the enquiry into the case is ongoing.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Police said: “Anyone who believes they may have information is asked to contact South Yorkshire Police on 101, quoting incident number 197 of 12/04/2013.”

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