Doctor Accused Of Putting Semen In Cup Of Tea He Gave To Woman
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A doctor has been been accused of giving a women a cup of tea filled containing his semen.
Dr Nicholas Chapman, from Kingston St Mary, Somerset, was in court this week over allegations that he sexually assaulted a woman on 13 September last year.
The 54-year-old is charged with attempting to cause a woman aged 16 or over to engage in sexual activity (no penetration) without her consent.
During a hearing at Taunton Magistrates' Court, the prosecution claimed that the victim discovered a substance at the bottom of her mug after finishing the drink she had been given by Dr Chapman.
Prosecutor Giles Tippett told the court that the incident was reported to police three days later.
And after undergoing tests in the laboratory, it was found that the substance in question was 'semen that related to the doctor'.
Mr Tippett also told the court that the victim, who cannot be named for legal reasons, believes that Dr Chapman had carried out similar incidents 'more than once' in the past.
However, the defendant is only facing one charge.
Nigel Yeo, defending, said his client was putting forward 'a straightforward denial' of all the allegations made against him.
Dr Chapman is originally from South Africa and qualified as a doctor at the University of Cape Town in 1993.
He was given the opportunity to have defend himself in a trial at the magistrates' court, however, he opted for a crown court trial.
He will now go before a judge and jury at Taunton Crown Court later this year.
The defendant has been suspended from his 4,000-patient North Curry Health Centre while his case is ongoing.
Following the hearing, he was released on conditional bail, including an order from chair of the bench Valerie Castell for him not to contact any named witnesses.
Dr Chapman was granted permission to attend North Curry Health Centre once accompanied by a police officer in order to collect his personal belongings.
Mrs Castell also turned down a request from the prosecution to order the defendant to surrender his passport.
It came after Mr Yeo told the court that 'all his community ties' are in the UK and that he lives with his partner and part time with a child.
Ahead of the trial, Dr Chapman will face a plea and trial preparation hearing on 21 February.