A gay doctor has been cleared of sexually assaulting and putting a patient into a trance in his surgery. He paid the man “damages” over a two year period.

51-year-old Dr Lewis Dickinson who is a GP in Camberwell, south London was accused of sexual assault by a 61-year-old Ghanaian man who can not be named for legal reasons.

The man claimed that he was put into a trance by the doctor. When he awoke, the man alleged that the doctor was masturbating him. Since the event the man claimed that he was traumatised and accepted £100 a week from the doctor to help him recover.

The patient denied knowing that Dr Dickinson was gay but admitted that he was paid more than £12,000 between May 2002 and October 2004. He then demanded £60,000 from the doctor for “emotional pain.”

The man denied removing his clothes and turning himself over as the doctor treated him for back pain.

Alan Jenkins, defending argued that the masturbation was consensual. “You had an erection and he asked if you would like him to masturbate you, and you said yes. I have suggested it was a consensual act, albeit out of place in a doctor’s surgery.” The man denied the accusation.

The prosecution withdrew their case due to a lack of evidence.

Dr Dickinson will now face a GMC (General Medical Council) inquiry.