- Jonathan Fielden given suspended sentence after admitting a charge of voyeurism
- Court heard work pressures had led him to “self-destruct”
A former NHS England deputy medical director has been given a suspended sentence after a court heard how he secretly spied on a teenage girl as she took a shower.
The 15-year-old girl, who was naked, looked up to realise someone was watching her through a hole in the ceiling.
Jonathan Fielden, 55, was yesterday given a suspended prison sentence after admitting a charge of voyeurism.
The court was told his registration to practice has been suspended by the General Medical Council.
During the hearing, it was said that work pressures had led the doctor to “self-destruct”.
Dr Fielden joined NHSE as deputy medical director and director of specialised commissioning in early 2016. He previously held several senior clinical leadership roles.
Judge Richard Foster, sitting at Luton Crown Court, told Fielden: ”It’s tragic to see you, a man of such brilliance in your career – a hardworking man at the pinnacle of your career, responsible for a substantial part of the NHS budget – to fall from grace in the way you have because of what you stupidly did.”
The court heard that for some 15 to 20 seconds Fielden had looked through a hole in the ceiling to watch the girl under the shower at a private residence in Leighton Buzzard.
The anaesthetist admitted he had spied on the girl for his own sexual gratification.
Judge Foster was told the offence had taken place at the house in early 2016.
Prosecutor Kate Fortescue said that after realising someone was watching her take a shower, the teenager had been left deeply shocked and, for a number of months, couldn’t bring herself to take showers.
She eventually told other members of her family what had happened and, in December 2016, Dr Fielden, from Regents Mews, Biddenham near Bedford, was arrested.
Ms Fortescue said he had watched the teenager for 15 to 20 seconds, and went on: “He looked down a ventilation pipe and watched her shower for his own sexual gratification.”
She said that, since the incident, Dr Fielden had taken steps himself to address his offending behaviour by having counselling.
Judge Foster was told that when the girl’s mother found out what had happened, it had deeply affected her own mental health and she had been prescribed anti-depressants.
The court was told that following the arrest of the doctor, his mobile phone was examined.
Websites visited, said Ms Fortescue, featured underage girls and child sex abuse images.
But barrister Alexandra Felix said: “He accepts he hit upon them while looking at adult pornography.”
Dealing with the offence, Ms Felix went on: “He accepts it shouldn’t have happened, but it did, but not because of any concerted effort to do it. Circumstances arose for it to happen.
“If he had diverted his eyes immediately, it wouldn’t have happened.”
She said Dr Fielden had had a high pressure job and been under “particular stresses” which caused a “loss of judgment.”
Ms Felix added: “The destruction he has brought about on himself he accepts is of his own doing.”
She described Dr Fielden as “dedicated to his calling”.
Judge Foster sentenced the doctor to five months imprisonment, which he suspended for 12 months and ordered he carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.
He was ordered to pay costs of £3,500 and must attend 30 rehabilitation activity requirement days.
He was made the subject of a sexual harm prevention order and his name will go on the sex offenders’ register.
Following his arrest Dr Fielden was suspended and later resigned as deputy medical director and director of specialised commissioning at NHS England.