A dentist jailed in 2017 for molesting a woman on an MRT train has been suspended from practice for six months by the Singapore Dental Council (SDC).
In a press release issued on Monday (29 October), the SDC said that it made the order on 3 October after a disciplinary committee inquiry was held against Dr Hoo Swee Tiang on 8 May this year.
Two-year supervision period
The council also ordered that Dr Hoo’s registration after the period of suspension be restricted for two years under the supervision of two supervisors.
According to the rules of this conditional registration, Dr Hoo must be supervised by a nominated supervising dentist approved by the SDC at all times. The principal supervisor is also required to submit a report to the SDC once every six months.
Dr Hoo will be able to apply for full registration after two years of conditional registration, subject to the SDC’s approval.
As part of the SDC’s orders, Dr Hoo will also be censured in writing and will also have to give an undertaking to abstain from similar conduct. He will also have to pay the costs and expenses of and incidental to the inquiry’s proceedings, including the costs of the legal assessor.
2013 incident on MRT
Dr Hoo had claimed trial to one count of touching the inner thigh of a woman while travelling on an MRT in 2013. He was convicted on 1 July 2016 after a seven-day trial and sentenced to six weeks’ jail.
Hoo started serving his sentence on 11 May last year after the High Court dismissed his appeal against his conviction and sentence.
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