A twisted A&E doctor who tried to lure young girls into his car has been struck off.
Leslie Mitchell (59) was working in the emergency department at Stirling Royal Infirmary when he committed the offence.
Now he has been removed from the medical register after it was found he was unfit to practise.
The doctor was arrested in January 2010 after the children, who were aged 10 and 11 at the time, said that Mitchell had stopped them in Webster Avenue, Carronshore. He spoke to them and asked if he could tickle their legs before trying to entice them into his car.
His case was eventually remitted for sentencing to the High Court in Edinburgh where he was jailed for four years, although this was later reduced on appeal, and given an Order of Lifelong Restriction, which means he will always be monitored.
Mitchell, who has previously described himself as a “recovering paedophile”, resigned from his post soon after he was charged.
However, hospital officials from NHS Forth Valley carried out a full review.
Last week’s hearing of the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service, which regulates the medical profession, heard that at first there were concerns he had treated a “disproportionate” number of young patients. But a more in-depth review, revealed this was not the case.
Elizabeth Dudley-Jones, case presenter for the General Medical Council which was prosecuting, said: “If he had not been caught on this occasion, Dr Mitchell admits that he would have tried to contact the girls again in order to develop his relationship further with them. He has the potential to cause serious and significant harm.”
Panel chairman Professor David Katz said it noted that “he had not appreciated the potential impact on his actions on his intended victims”.
The professor added that Mitchell continued to gratify himself with child pornography while in prison and not to ~strike him off the register would undermine public confidence in the medical profession.
He said: “He had breached the fundamental tenets of the medical profession and is liable to do so in the future.”
A spokeswoman for NHS Forth Valley said Mitchell, who was living at Heritage Drive, Carron at the time, had been immediately suspended when police informed them of the allegations.
She added: “Although this doctor resigned before we could start a disciplinary investigation, we have carried out an internal review and can find no evidence of any inappropriate conduct at work.
“No concerns or complaints have been raised by either patients of staff during the period he worked with us.”