Dentist struck off after secretly filming people on the toilet

After setting up camera in staff bathrooms to film his colleagues on the toilet, a dentist has been suspended from the GDC register. 

A dentist has been suspended from the register after being caught filming colleagues in the toilet.

Dennis Li Tai Leong had placed cameras in the staff toilets of two of the practices he worked at.

Following a police investigation, he was charged with voyeurism in June 2021. However, he failed to report this criminal offence to the General Dental Council (GDC).

He was therefore suspended from the GDC register earlier this month on 7 December 2022 after appearing before the Professional Conduct Committee.

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Privacy violation

The dentist was caught after one of the practice managers found the camera in the staff toilet. The footage showed him placing the camera in the toilet.

As a result, he was arrested and convicted of installing equipment to gain sexual gratification.

During their witness statement, one of his colleagues said: ‘I am shaking and agitated by what has happened and [it’s] panicking me, it has completely violated my privacy.’

He was later charged with voyeurism and received a 12-week prison sentence as well as an 18-month suspension. He was also required to register with the police in accordance with the Sexual Offences Act 2003 for seven years.

Abuse of trust

GDC standards state: ‘You must inform the GDC immediately if you are subject to any criminal proceedings anywhere in the world.

After Dennis Li Tai Leong did not inform the GDC of his charge, he was erased from the register earlier this month.

The GDC found that his fitness to practise was ‘impaired by reason of his conviction and by reason of misconduct.’

The panel concluded: ‘Mr Li Tai Leong’s actions were an abuse of trust, and they violated the privacy of his colleagues and patients. Further, that his behaviour persisted over a number of months, across two dental practices, and therefore could not be categorised as an isolated incident.’

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