Chiropractors photographed girls’s clothes throughout remedy

A chiropractor was fired for photographing female patients’ gowns while they were in his clinic.

Julian Welch strategically placed a camera to take pictures of three unclothed female patients, two of whom were under 18 years of age.

He also secretly filmed himself having sex with a woman he was in a relationship with.

Welch pleaded guilty to four counts of voyeurism and was sentenced to 16 months in prison with a 12 month probationary term.

He was also ordered to do 30 days of rehabilitation, 120 hours of unpaid work, and was placed on a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years.

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Now a Professional Conduct Committee of the General Chiropractic Council has struck him off on the grounds that he has shown “a reckless disregard for the privacy of his patients”.

The committee heard that Mr. Welch was a chiropractor at the Barron Clinic in Walton-on-Thames, Surrey, at the time of the offenses.

Between May and August 2015, Mr Welch photographed three patients without clothes and looking at their coats while they were being treated in his clinic.

Two of the patients were under the age of 18, the committee heard.

A woman he was dating discovered a video of them having sex on his computer, as well as photos of the patients.

Satpal Singh Bansal, representative of the committee, said, “The taking of the photos included the intentional placement of the camera by Mr. Welch in order to obtain the images.

“These crimes represented a gross breach of trust and were clearly related to the chiropractic practice of Mr. Welch.

“The offenses required a significant amount of planning, including placing a camera in a specific location to get the images.”

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The committee heard that Mr Welch was undergoing deliberation to resolve the underlying problems of his crime and alleged that he had no intention of practicing in the future.

Mr Bansal decided that Mr Welch should be removed from the register, whether or not he would like to become a chiropractor in the future.

He added: “The Committee viewed Mr. Welch’s actions as a serious departure from the principles set forth in the Code.

“Mr. Welch ruthlessly disregarded the privacy of his patients and seriously damaged the reputation of the profession.

“There were several gross breaches of trust, violations of patient rights and all crimes were sexual in nature.”

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