A dentist has been banned for kissing a ‘distressed’ dental nurse on the neck and brushing his face against her hair to ‘thank’ her.
The nurse was sorting tools at Direct Dental Care, in Wootton Road when Zarei Soghanloo pounced.
He claimed he put his hand on the back of her chair and shoulders and leaned forward to make the gesture as he was simply ‘grateful’ for her assistance.
But giving evidence before a tribunal, the victim said Soghanloo, of Scott Road, Norwich, stood behind her, put his hands on her shoulders, leaned down and kissed her on the neck in a ‘sexual’ way.
A General Dental Council panel ruled Soghanloo showed a ‘complete lack of insight’ in the ‘sexually motivated’ and ‘unprofessional’ incident on April 19, 2013.
Suspending him for 12 months the panel found he brought his profession into disrepute by ‘deliberately approaching’ his junior colleague in violated her ‘clearly stated boundaries’. Announcing the decision, chairman Lorna Jacobs said: “You have demonstrated disrespect for the importance of professional regulation, the GDC process, and your own responsibility to respond to these proceedings in a manner not befitting a registered professional.”