Cambridge-educated doctor accused of having sex with multiple women in his GP practice ‘sold a pair of knickers left in his surgery after sexual encounter for £50 on eBay’
- Dr Thomas Plimmer, 40, is accused of being an ‘untreated sex addict’ at tribunal
- A colleague said it was ‘standard’ to find him performing a sexual act on himself
A Cambridge-educated doctor accused of having sex with women at his GP practice sold a pair of knickers left in his surgery after a sexual encounter for £50 on eBay, a tribunal has heard.
Dr Thomas Plimmer, 40, is accused of using his surgery for sex sessions with a string of lovers while he should have been working.
One of his accusers – identified only as Colleague A – went into his consulting room in 2018 and the pair engaged in sexual acts.
A Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service hearing was read messages they sent to each other in the aftermath.
Dr Plimmer wrote: ‘I will have those washed and sent back to you’ and she replied: ‘Just don’t leave them in the bin in your room.’
The following day there were further messages, with the complainant asking whether he was jealous that he could not touch his toes as she could.
Dr Plimmer went on to say: ‘I managed to sell what you gave me yesterday for £50 on eBay.’
She replied: ‘Are going halfs?’
Colleague A was quizzed about the incident by Tom Day, counsel for Dr Plimmer.
He said: ‘You have engaged in a sexual act with Dr Plimmer and you have provided your underwear. You left it with Dr Plimmer, that is what happened here isn’t it?’
Mr Day suggested that the acts were entirely consensual and she was not under any kind of duress.
The complainant replied: ‘There were times I did what I was supposed to do. I served my purpose in amusing him on a day at work. There was a pattern of grooming.’
She says that because she was junior to Dr Plimmer she felt pressurised into doing as he said, telling the hearing: ‘Would anyone believe me over a Cambridge-educated doctor? No they would not.’
The tribunal has been told that Dr Plimmer was an ‘untreated sex addict’ whose condition became the subject of gossip at his medical centre in Swindon, Wiltshire.
Colleague A said she also felt pressurised to join Dr Plimmer at a sex club in Birmingham he liked to attend.
She told the hearing: ‘In all our interactions, other than trying to get me to go to a sex club in Birmingham, there was never any suggestion of drinks or dating.
‘I knew that was something that he did and he thought it was something that I could be taken to.
‘There was a lot of discussion around it. There was a pressure.’
Mr Day, however, said Colleague A had wanted to go with him and chided him for twice cancelling a proposed visit.
He read a message for her to the GP after he had raised the idea of visiting the club. In it she said: ‘Don’t tell me unless you are sure. Three strike rule, you have used the family excuse twice now.’
The hearing was also told Dr Plimmer became ‘more predatory’ towards her as time went on.
She said it became ‘almost a standard thing’ to walk into his room and find him performing a sexual act on himself.
Colleague A entered her fourth day giving evidence to the tribunal today.
Previously she told the hearing: ‘I said no to touching and he did it, I said no to penetration and he did it, he put my hand on his erect penis.
‘The suggestion Dr Plimmer understands or considers consent? He had all the opportunities in the world for consensual things but all he really values is power.’
She added: ‘I was used as an object who kept a sex addict from being bored.’
In September 2019, at his practice, it is claimed he referenced an animated sci-fi sitcom to suggest she should kill herself.
Dr Plimmer allegedly told the woman: ‘On Futurama they have suicide booths. Maybe that’s what you need, you should go and do that’
He admits that he also sent her pictures of him with his head in a noose, having sex with other women and performing a sexual act on himself.
Plimmer met another woman on a dating app on New Year’s Eve 2019 and brought her to the consulting room at his practice of January 3.
The tribunal heard that he made a mug of tea, locked the door and she performed a sex act on him.
Mark Monaghan, for the General Medical Council, argued that she was ‘uncomfortable’ because she could ‘hear people walk past’.
The tribunal was also told that he met another woman online, identified as Miss C, in May 2018. The pair went to the tennis at Wimbledon and he even met her parents.
He then started ‘making excuses’ to avoid seeing her, including that his mother had suffered ‘several serious strokes’ and needed to be in a rehab facility.
‘These excuses were deliberate lies to allow him to juggle and see other women instead,’ Mr Monaghan said.
In May 2020, after the pair had been together for two years, she is understood to have become concerned by his distant behaviour.
He invited her to his practice and they had sex during working hours, it was claimed.
Plimmer allegedly continued to be ‘attentive from a distance’ but had already been living with another woman, Miss D, whom he had met in January 2019.
He cancelled several of his first dates with Miss D, claiming he had a sick brother in hospital. He even sent photos and ‘play by play’ updates on his brother’s alleged conditions, despite the story being ‘wholly fabricated’, the tribunal heard.
A fifth woman, whom he also met on a dating site in 2021, claimed he would send her photos of his genitalia that were taken at work. And a sixth woman has alleged that he threatened to cut her throat.
The hearing is expected to continue until September 29.