December 2017

Wirral dentist struck off for grooming young boy

A Wirral based dentist has been struck off for grooming a young boy and possessing indecent images of children.

Matthew Larkin had worked at Westbourne Dental Practice for more than 10 years after studying at the University of Liverpool.

Larkin is originally from North Wales.

He pleaded guilty to a series of child sex offences carried at Liverpool crown court in November 2016. Larkin was convicted of three counts of causing or inciting a child under 16 to engage in sexual activity, and three counts of making indecent photos of a child.

Some of the images were in the most serious Category A which involves penetrative activity with Children.

He was handed a 12 month suspended sentence and had hoped to return to work as a dentist despite being out of paid work since his sentencing.

He has been banned from dentistry after a conduct committee said anything else could undermine confidence in the profession.

The General Dental Council report said the risk of “significant harm to the public” remained, even though it was not high.

=he Committee was in no doubt that a finding of current impairment is required in the wider public interest.

“Given the nature of your conviction and its potential to significantly undermine public confidence in the dental profession, the Committee decided that it would be wholly inappropriate to conclude this case without taking any action.

“Unless you exercise your right of appeal, your name will be erased from the Dentists Register.”