Oulton Broad doctor cleared of two sex assault charges, but trial goes on

Jonathan Button pleaded guilty to nine sexual offences against children. Photo: PA

Jonathan Button pleaded guilty to nine sexual offences against children. Photo: PA - Credit: PA

A Suffolk doctor accused of sexually assaulting a woman has been cleared of two of the four allegations against him.

Mark Nettleton, 50, who was employed at the Bridge Medical Centre, in Oulton Broad, had denied four charges of sexually assaulting the woman between January and September 2013.

After hearing prosecution evidence, Judge Rupert Overbury directed the jury to return not guilty verdicts on two of the charges.

It has been alleged that Nettleton tried to kiss and hug the woman and on one occasion pressed himself up against her.

When the woman reported his alleged behaviour to the medical centre, Nettleton allegedly admitted having sexual fantasies about the woman and said he had a 'sex addiction'.

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Barnaby Shaw, prosecuting, told Ipswich Crown Court that when Nettleton was initially challenged about the allegations he said he had been under a lot of stress which had manifested itself as a mental health problem and that he had a 'love/sex addiction'.

Nettleton claimed he and the alleged victim had confided in each other and accepted his behaviour had been sexual and that he had forced his attentions on her.

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However, when he was interviewed by police he denied his behaviour had been sexual and denied specific allegations of sexual assault made by the woman.

Nettleton had allegedly told the woman that he couldn't stop thinking about her and that he thought about her 'in a way he shouldn't'.

He said the alleged victim had made it clear to Nettleton that she had no interest in him but he had taken no notice.

The trial continues today.

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