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'crotch grabbed' Dentist who 'repeatedly' sexually assaulted two nurses is struck off

It was alleged Eamonn McCann touched one dental nurse - known only as Witness A - beneath her underwear while 'casually' chatting to patients


Eamonn McCann

Eamonn McCann

Eamonn McCann

This is the dentist struck off last week following claims he "repeatedly" sexually assaulted two dental nurses in front of his patients.

Eamonn McCann has been suspended after the General Dental Council (GDC) found he committed "repeated instances of inappropriate, sexually motivated, non-consensual, intentional physical contact with female dental nurses".

One nurse told the GDC that McCann tried to have sex with her while another claimed he had touched her crotch.

During shocking evidence, it was alleged McCann touched one dental nurse - known only as Witness A - beneath her underwear while 'casually' chatting to patients and gave her a 'Christmas kiss' on the cheek after handing her a bonus, a disciplinary hearing was told last week.

Then on a day after everyone else had left the practice, McCann "launched" himself at the woman and tried to have sex with her, which she said was "the final straw", the panel was told.

Another dental nurse came forward after she had claimed she was sexually assaulted six times, occasionally when patients were 'in the chair'.

She said she was initially hesitant to speak out as he was her employer and owner of the practice.

Now we can reveal Eamonn McCann had been facing a Crown Court trial back in 2017 after he'd been charged with a string of sex offences which court lists stated allegedly occurred between 2004 and 2014.

He'd been charged with four counts of sexually assaulting a female but the trial at Dungannon Crown Court collapsed at the last minute after a jury had already been sworn in with no explanation given by the judge.


Eamonn McCann

Eamonn McCann

Eamonn McCann

Instead the dentist, from the Dublin Road area of Omagh, Co Tyrone, was given a caution for "reckless contact".

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When it was announced, McCann received a raucous round of applause from friends and family watching on in the public gallery.

But before the trial collapsed, we reported how the now 56-year-old, who owned a practice in Dungannon, had failed in a bid to keep his name out of the press after District Judge John Meehan rejected an application for an anonymity order.

It's not clear why the PPS did not proceed with the case when a jury had already been sworn in.

But McCann's career appears to be in tatters after a damning verdict by the General Medical Council.

McCann, who qualified at Queen's University of Belfast in 1982, would tickle Witness A, deliberately prolonged patients' treatment so he could assault her in the surgery and make comments about her figure, the panel was told.

The woman told the panel she started wearing her father's cardigan to hide her body.

She told the committee she would try to 'close her legs', 'clam up' and 'move away' from McCann, as a result of his behaviour.

Witness A told the committee: "There was one incident when [McCann] came into the practice happily at Christmas time with bonuses and gave me a long kiss. It was in the cloakroom when I was about to leave for Christmas, and it was just me there.

"He kissed me on the cheek and said, 'I've always wanted to give you a Christmas kiss'. One time he also went under my underwear.

"He would be doing it while casually speaking to patients."

The committee heard the nurse "nearly vomited" after McCann "came running towards her and pressed himself on her back".

She continued: "At the end of one of those days I was working with [McCann], he tried to have sex with me.

"I was wearing my uniform, I remember, I will never forget because I was wearing dark green underwear and I thought whether he saw it under the white uniform.

"He'd been quite friendly and had been touching me on the legs throughout the day.

"He said that my skin was soft. He only ever touched my legs as that's what patients could not see.

"It was at the end of the day that I was cleaning in the surgery and he just launched at me.

"I don't think he kissed me. He would always take off his tunic in the surgery rather than in the cloakroom and he would always be topless underneath it.

"I think his trousers were on but his zip was undone. It lasted for seconds. He must have pulled down my underwear."

McCann told the panel he would never have done this.


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More than 20 years later, Witness B said that in 2015 McCann pressed his crotch against her as she was writing an email.

She told the panel: "While I was typing the next thing I knew he had me pinned against the workbench that the computer was on. I felt like his penis was erect and he was pushing up against me.

"I just wanted to get the email written and get out of there. I began to get flustered and he started to do an in an in-and-out motion, three or four times."

Witness B told the committee on another occasion, McCann touched her leg before "squeezing" up and down then eventually in her crotch area as they were filling in a patient's cavity.

The panel were also told he touched her crotch during an X-ray in the surgery room but McCann denied this, saying he might have brushed past her.

After being suspended for a year, Mr McCann has now been struck off the register.

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