Michael C Cox (PH72015) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of his conviction on 13 Bristol Crown Court on 13 January 2017 whilst registered as a physiotherapist.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that Mr Cox pleaded guilty to one offence of sexual assault on a female, no penetration, in relation to a matter involving patient A on 25 April 2016.
The Panel further heard that on 16 February 2017, Mr Cox was sentenced to 18 months’ imprisonment, suspended for 24 months. He was also required to undertake a rehabilitation requirement as directed for a maximum of 40 days and electronically monitored curfew at home address from 8pm to 6am for 6 months. As a result of the sentence imposed, he became subject to the notification requirements of sex offender register for a period of 10 years.
Panel Chair Lubna Shuja commented:
“The Panel was of the view that the case was serious, and this was reflected in the 18 months’ suspended sentence which Mr Cox had received. The Panel had regard to the remarks of the sentencing Judge who had found that Mr Cox had acted in abuse of trust of the position in which he, as a professional, had been placed. In the Panels’ view, Mr Cox had breached a fundamental tenet of the profession”.
The Panel ordered for the name of Michael C Cox to be struck off the HCPC Register.
Mr Cox was not present but was represented by his wife, Ms Amanda Hassell, who participated by telephone.