A married grandfather who groped a dental nurse during a tooth extraction has been put on the sex offenders register.
Gary Campbell, who has avoided jail time over the incident, grabbed the 22-year-old woman’s buttocks at the practice in the south side of Glasgow on April 1 this year.
The 49-year-old father of two also held the trainee nurse by the top and blew kisses at her.
Campbell was found guilty of sexual assault at Glasgow Sheriff Court last month.
He was put under supervision and the sex offenders register for nine months at his sentencing on Tuesday.
Sheriff Iain McMillan said: “You were convicted of a serious offence from the clear evidence of the two witnesses.
“You take the position you took at trial and deny everything which is a stark contrast and it’s quite clear what the position is.
“I take into account your age, you have no previous convictions and have a good work ethic.
“Accordingly, I will be more lenient than I would have been with this matter.
“If you don’t carry out this sentence, you will be brought back before me and the alternative will be imprisonment.”
The court heard from the victim who said that Campbell was a new patient.
He told the technician and the victim that he had been experiencing toothache after eating easter eggs.
Campbell lay down on the dental chair for the tooth extraction and was re-assured by the victim.
She said: “Comments were being made and I always say my hands are free if you want to hold on.
“This is due to people being anxious or scared of the dentist.”
The woman stated she stood beside Campbell while holding the aspirator suction device as the procedure took place.
Prosecutor Gemma Barclay asked what happened next.
She replied: “The patient reached round and grabbed my bum.
“I saw the arm move but I didn’t expect it to go where it was going to go.”
Miss Barclay asked if it was “forceful” and the witness stated: “It was enough to feel through my scrubs and I had a pair of leggings on.
“He was pulling on my scruff.”
The woman was asked how she felt about being grabbed.
She replied: “I was in shock, I didn’t say anything, it was the technician that spoke up.”
The woman stated the procedure continued but Campbell then grabbed her on the top.
After the procedure, the woman stated Campbell made several comments towards her.
She told the court: “He said that I was a professional hand holder, you are fantastic.
“He mentioned that he would want me on the room the next time he came back.
“He wanted me to be there and he blew kisses on his way out the door.”
The woman stated that Campbell did not have the money to pay for the treatment at the time.
She added that the technician waved any fee and asked him to leave.
Stephen Bentley, defending, told the sentencing that Campbell, of the city’s Govan, continues to deny wrongdoing.