Disgraced South Yorkshire doctor's prison sentence increased for attacking more patients

A South Yorkshire doctor behind bars for sexually assaulting patients has had his prison sentence increased.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 10th November 2016, 9:51 am
Updated Friday, 18th November 2016, 11:21 am
Disgraced doctor Andrew Johnson
Disgraced doctor Andrew Johnson

Andrew Johnson, aged 64, from Station Road, Bawtry, Doncaster, had an extra two-and-a-half years in prison added to a sentence he is already serving for a string of indecent assaults against patients - taking his total jail term to over 14 years.

The disgraced doctor entered guilty pleas to 12 counts of indecent assault against eight patients during a hearing on Monday.

The offending took place between 1978 and 1997 at Johnson’s GP surgeries in Doncaster.

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Two of Johnson’s victims were under 16 at the time of the abuse and his youngest victim was just 12-years-old.

In July 2014, Johnson was sentenced to 11 years and eight months behind bars for sexually assaulting a number of patients.

Following his trial, further victims came forward to report more sexual offences.

The doctor admitted that he lost track of the number of patients he abused over the years.

Detective Chief Inspector Steve Whittaker, who has been overseeing the investigation into Johnson since 2010, said: “Johnson completely and utterly abused his position and today marks the culmination of an over five-year investigation.

“The past has finally caught up with Johnson and I’m indebted to the victims who have bravely come forward over the past few years to report these horrific crimes committed by a local GP who was in a position of trust.

“I hope that the victims feel some reassurance from today’s hearing.

“Johnson preyed on young girls aged between 12 and 16 and he also preyed on women and pregnant women, who attended his surgery over many years.

“He is a sexual predator, and was also described by the judge as a paedophile preying on young children. On his own admission, he was unable to remember precisely how many victims he had abused.

“The judge also praised the police for a throughout and comprehensive investigation and I echo his praise for the investigating team who worked tirelessly on this case.”

Johnson was struck off by the General Medical Council prior to the police investigation beginning in 2010.