Dentist flashed leopard-print thong at nurse

Author: By Laura May and Anisha Ahmed, Press Association

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.”

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