Gregory Boyle, aged 58, was sentenced to six years and four months in prison this week after he was charged with assault by penetration and sexual assault and found guilty.
The arrest came after a nurse interrupted him while he was sexually assaulting a victim while in a hospital, and police have since revealed they are concerned that there may be other victims who haven’t yet come forward.
It began when the partner of the woman who was assaulted met Boyle and came to him seeking a second opinion regarding a condition she was suffering from. Boyle agreed to help and arranged to meet them at the Princess Royal University Hospital in Bromley, London. Once there he took the woman into a room and began an intimate examination while wearing a doctor’s lab coat.
However, part way through a nurse entered and interrupted the examination. Because she didn’t recognise the doctor, nor the patient who was a young woman in her 20s, she challenged Boyle over his fake identity.
A quick call to the General Medical Council confirmed her suspicions and the police were phoned. Boyle was arrested at the scene, charged with assault by penetration and sexual assault, and later pleaded guilty to the offences.
Police released the following statement:
“Boyle targeted a vulnerable, heavily-pregnant woman who was concerned for her health.
“He actively sought to deceive the victim, her family and the medical staff at the PRUH, giving the impression that he was a doctor.
“I would like thank the victim in this case and acknowledge her courage throughout this investigation.
“Thankfully this type of offending is rare, but should anyone recognise Boyle or believe they have been a victim at his hands, please contact the Metropolitan Police.”
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Meanwhile the hospital trust also released the following statement:
“‘As soon as it became apparent that Mr Boyle – who was not an employee at the Princess Royal University Hospital – was purporting to be a private doctor, nursing staff immediately challenged him, carried out identity checks and called the police, whilst also providing support to the patient and her partner.”