Leeds dentist who filmed girl of 16 undressing is struck-off

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A DENTIST who used his iPhone to secretly record a 16-year-old girl undressing has been struck off the professional register.

Gurminder Singh Jutla was banned from practising by the General Dental Council (GDC) yesterday following his conviction for voyeurism.

The 29-year-old, of Stainburn Crescent, Moortown, Leeds, was arrested last August when the teenager caught him filming her in a room where she was changing her clothes.

A court heard the victim noticed his phone was propped up and had been recording for half an hour.

She used her own phone to take a picture of its position and deleted the footage before reporting the matter to police.

Jutla told officers he often left his phone lying around and claimed he must have accidentally pressed record.

But when told the device could be examined, he admitted making a handful of recordings over the last 12 months, describing it as an obsession which had spiralled out of control.

He also confessed to using it to record another woman, blaming professional and family pressures that had led to depression for his behaviour.

Bradford Crown Court sentenced him to a three-year supervision order and placed him on the sex offenders’ register for five years.

He was also ordered to pay £275 in compensation to his victim.

Jutla, who had been working in Calderdale, was immediately suspended by the GDC.

Its professional conduct committee said yesterday it was in no doubt that his behaviour had brought the profession into disrepute.

“The committee therefore concluded that a finding of impairment is necessary in this case to declare and uphold the standards of the profession,” it said.

“Furthermore if such a finding were not to be made, public confidence in the profession would be seriously undermined. The committee finds that Mr Jutla’s fitness to practise is currently impaired.”

Jutla has 28 days to appeal against the GDC’s decision before his name is struck off the register.