A married doctor has been accused of booking sex with a prostitute while treating mothers and babies at a maternity hospital before being blackmailed over the encounter. The 32-year-old doctor, Rupert Pemsel, who is a trainee anaesthetist, had sex with the woman in a side room after texting her when he had already started work at the Princess Anne Hospital in Southampton saying: 'This is naughty on my part so discretion would really be appreciated.' But the father of one - whose wife is a GP - was later contacted by associates of the escort. They demanded cash, threatening to expose details of the 40 minute liaison to officials if he didn't pay up.
Pemsel then called police who set up a sting operation in a hotel to catch the blackmailers, but during a preparatory talk, he inexplicably showed detectives an intimate radiograph picture of an unnamed patient with a bottle inserted into their rectum, which he had kept on his mobile phone.
The two officers arrested the blackmailers after catching them red handed - but then referred the illicit photograph to a senior colleague who reported it to Pemsel's bosses at University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust.
The doctor now faces being struck for misconduct. The sexual encounter occurred on December 29, 2013, the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester was told.
The doctor - whose wife Sheyi works as a GP at a local surgery - had been highly respected amongst colleagues and patients for helping raise money for Hampshire and Isle of Wight air ambulance and for his voluntary work helping the poor and sick in the Gambia.
The hearing continues to determine the doctor's fate.