Taunton Doctor convicted

Last month a Leveller exclusive reported on a doctor who was accused off adding his semen to a woman’s coffee. Dr Nicholas Chapman, 55, of Taunton, was tried at Gloucester Crown Court.

He was accused of adding his semen to hot drinks he made for a woman on several occasions during 2021. After becoming suspicious of Chapman, the woman kept a sample of one drink he made. She reported the incidents to the police in September 2021. When tested, the sample was confirmed as semen with a DNA match to the doctor.

He denied putting the semen in the coffee, but on Thursday 15 June a jury found him guilty of one count. He was acquitted on a second, similar charge.

His Honour Judge Rupert Lowe handed him a 12-month community order. He told him he will be required to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work.

Addressing Chapman he said: “you are an intelligent professional of previous good character with good references. However, people did not know what you did in private. Your defence at trial was absurd and unnecessary. Your claims were implausible and contradictory. You told the police a ridiculous story of having semen on your hand and admitted to masturbating at work. You then shifted your story about testing for a medical condition. The truth is, you masturbated at work as you had a high sex drive. The impact on your career and personal life has been considerable. You have brought that on yourself.”

Chapman will be subject to a 10-year restraining order preventing from contacting the victim. He will also have to pay court costs of £3,500.

The woman, who cannot be named for legal reasons, gave a victim impact statement to the court. In it she said: “I feel betrayed by him, by his actions. He has made me feel powerless. The devious and cowardly nature has shocked me. If this was a physical attack I may have at least had a chance to defend myself. I’ve had to be open about this to my partner and family, but I often feel alone and that no one quite understands.

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