Swanley GP Barend Delport jailed for six years after taking more than 800 photos of female patients for his own sexual gratification

PUBLISHED: 15:19 09 September 2013 | UPDATED: 15:19 09 September 2013

A family doctor who sexually assaulted and took intimate pictures of women and children at his GP practice in Swanley was jailed for six years today.

Barend Delport, 55, downloaded thousands of pornographic images and took more than 800 photographs of female patients at The Oaks Surgery, in Nightingale Way, over a period of 10 years for his own sexual gratification, and “cloaked the reasons with spurious claims of medical justification”, Maidstone Crown Court was told.

Delport told his victims, who ranged in age from 18 months to a woman in her 60s, that he was photographing them for training purposes or to show medical students, the court heard.

He was arrested after the mother of a girl made a complaint to police in May last year following a visit to the surgery.

Prosecutor Anthony Haycroft said Delport claimed to be a dermatologist when taking intimate pictures of a child suffering from a skin complaint. He also referred to another child as “his little girlfriend” and intimately photographed a woman who had gone to him with a stomach complaint.

Delport also took photographs of women telling them he was building a case against the midwives at Darent Valley Hospital who he falsely claimed were failing to care for patients properly, Mr Haycroft said.

The court was told that a lot of the patients allowed themselves to be photographed because they trusted Delport as their doctor.

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