– tells police ‘it was a joke’
A prominent dental surgeon is currently at the centre of a police investigation, a state of affairs that is linked to an alleged incident of sexual assault.
This publication has been able to confirm that Dr. Bertrand Stuart who operates privately at Charlotte Street, Georgetown, was yesterday released on bail after he was invited to the Brickdam Police Station to assist police ranks in their investigation of the matter.
According to reports Dr. Stuart has for the past few months been providing dental services to a 26-year-old woman.
The woman disclosed that she became aware of Dr. Stuart’s practice through a male friend who had benefited from excellent dental work.
The woman said that her primary reason for visiting the dentist was in order to have her teeth aligned with the aid of braces.
“I have been going back and forth to him since August to check my teeth…it was a little strange at first, because each time I went back it seemed that I had to pay more,” said the woman.
She informed that the dentist had installed what he eventually described as temporary braces. “He did not tell me this at first… What he told me was that he was giving me a type that was best suited for my situation; I wanted to get rid of my over-bite.”
She recalled the doctor telling her that she will have to endure monthly check-ups.
The woman noted that although having the dental service done attracted much of her income, she was determined to have it done nevertheless because of the nature of her job.
Her job, she said, is one that requires her to stand in front of a room and train several persons thus her image is often under intense scrutiny.
“My belief is that, if you are not comfortable with something about yourself try to change… It has to do with helping to build your confidence…and this was just something that I wanted to change for myself.”
“When I visit he would check the braces to make sure that it was coming along well…For some reason I didn’t think he was doing the right thing but he was the doctor so who was I to question him?”
The temporary braces, she disclosed, was a wire tightly cemented on either side of her jaw line in order to realign her teeth.
Saturday November 15, 2014, was the last day that the woman would visit the dentist’s office. During that visit he informed her that another brace would have to replace the one she was originally wearing.
This was in light of the fact that the existing brace had become damaged and had come loose.
“He told me that I had to pay $5,000 to basically fix it but then he looked at a tooth at the back and told me he has to extract it and also put a permanent brace too…I started to question why he didn’t do all that from the inception,” said the woman.
She was told of a cost of some $75,000 for the proposed procedures.
The cost, of course, was shocking to the woman and she wasted no time informing the dentist that she could ill-afford to pay.
At this point she related how the dentist started telling her of a possible compromise.
He reportedly told her to offer him sexual favours instead of cash for any amount of procedures.
Before long, the woman said that the dentist started to touch her breasts and the region of her stomach. Added to this she disclosed that the dentist started telling her “ ‘You can just lay there for me naked, and you coming here and do that after hours when my staff leave will convince me you are willing to do anything’.”
Recognising that the man was up to no good, the woman said that she responded with a bout of profanity before storming out of the dentist’s office.
“As I walked out I stopped and asked his staff (two women) if this is how they treat people…and they just smiled and looked at each other…I even overheard one saying ‘I never heard any patient complain before’,” disclosed the woman.
Accompanied by a friend the woman travelled to the Alberttown Police Station to make a report but was instead asked to do so at the Brickdam Police Station as the matter was of a sexual nature.
The woman said too that she was told to return on Monday (yesterday) as efforts would be made then to “bring in” the dentist.
Yesterday, both the woman and the dentist were required to visit the Brickdam Police Station and relate what transpired. The dentist casually informed the police in her presence, “I was only joking.”
According to the woman while “I don’t want a big story” I want to ensure that what happened to me doesn’t happen to anybody else.
“I don’t have much money but there is no way I am going to stoop so low…to offer sexual favours to get my teeth done…no way.”
The woman said that she was especially disgusted when two female ranks had no less than derogatory remarks to offer.
One rank, according to the woman, kept asking “What do you want?” suggesting that she was hoping for some financial gain. Another rank, she said, categorically told her “If was a young man you wouldn’t ah mine…”
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