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GP Chapman spent years ‘putting his semen into colleague’s coffee’

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The GP put semen in his colleague's coffee

Nicholas Chapman, 55, a GP of Taunton, Somerset, was found guilty on Thursday 15th June 2023 at Gloucester Crown Court of engaging in sexual activity without consent.

A woman told the court that she would sip her coffee on a daily basis and notice it tasted ‘salty’, thus, would pour them away, and on every occasion, noticed a ‘thick, gloopy’ substance in the sink. A year later, she found a stash of ‘specimen pots’ belonging to Nicholas Chapman. The specimen pots were used to store his semen.

Suspicious, the woman took a sample of the next coffee Chapman prepared her to the police for forensic examination. It tested positive for his semen.

Chapman tried to deflect responsibility in court, arguing that he was preparing his sample because of a “secret” condition that forced him to ejaculate each time he would use the toilet, and that another member of staff must have contaminated her coffee as part of some ‘prank’.

She said: “I did not know what it was. I did not suspect it could have been semen at that point. He was then bringing me more drinks – probably one to three cups of coffee a week.

“Since that occasion I tipped them away in the sink – seeing the sort of substance in the sink – it was different size and quantities each time. At least six times I’ve seen it – I’ve not drunk it since that first time.”

She says the following about noticing the specimen pots: “I instantly suspected he had been putting semen in them and transporting them into my drink. I was in shock at that point. I noticed in this trouser pocket what looked like one of those bottles.”

Chapman arriving at Gloucester Crown Court
Nicholas Chapman appears at Gloucester Crown Court (Image: SWNS)

She reported the drink was “gloopy” when she went to the sink to dump it out, so she tipped some of it into her own specimen pots. “I felt very jumpy and worried he’d catch me with this cup,” she stated. I put the cup in a bag and handed the sample over to the police.”

“I remember the first time I saw stuff in the sink – he said did you notice something in your drink? I noticed something in mine, he said. Maybe that was the first time he did it and wanted to know if I’d noticed. It tasted salty”, she added.

The victim further described the defendant as “letchy” and stated that he had shown her photographs of his ‘erect penis’ on his phone at least twice.

“I thought (the first time) it was a mistake and he must be really embarrassed.”

“The second time I felt like it was on purpose. It made me feel very uncomfortable. It was not until I had seen the pots that I suspected it was semen in my drink. At times I refused a coffee but he would do it anyway.”

The GP was arrested when he turned up to work and suspended from his post at a health centre in Somerset, when the allegations came to light.

Giving evidence during the trial, Mr Chapman admitted he would masturbate at work but it was “not for pleasure”, before claiming that semen being found in the coffee must have been a “prank that went horribly wrong”. He told the court: “I don’t know why someone did that with my sample – I don’t know when someone did it or why.”

Mr Chapman went on to add that he had gathered samples to test for a problem that he claims he has had since the age of 16, in which he unintentionally releases sperm when defecating. But, he informed the court, there was nothing about this on his medical record, and he had “kept it secret” for years.

Masturbation, even at work, was also characterised as “nothing to do with pleasure – but a painful necessity” by Mr Chapman. When asked why he didn’t seek care for his condition or why it wasn’t documented in his medical records, the GP replied, “GPs are often really bad at managing themselves.”

He was also questioned about his professionalism after two coworkers saw photos of his erect penis on his phone, which he claimed was “accidental” and characterised himself as “mortified.”

Analysis of the coffee brewed on September 13, 2021 revealed that semen and DNA offered a match to the defendant, which was the occasion for why he was found guilty.

Mr Chapman, a recognised and experienced doctor, was born in South Africa and qualified as a doctor at the University of Cape Town in 1993.

After the guilty verdict, the victim had the following to say:

“The devious and cowardly nature has shocked me. If this was a physical attack I may have at least had a chance to defend myself. I’ve had to be open about this to my partner and family, but I often feel alone and that no one quite understands.

“I hope in the future I am able to put this all behind me and move on with my life. Though I have to accept that the mental and emotional trauma I have suffered throughout this will always remain with me in some way.”

Mr Chapman’s sentence was postponed until July 6, and he was granted conditional bail. Judge Rupert Lowe described the case as “unusual,” adding, “I haven’t decided on the sentence and am not in a position to give any indication of what that might be.”

DS Rachel Walls, part of the investigation team, said after the verdict: “I wish to praise the complainant in this case. She was very brave to report this to the police and enable us to carry out a thorough investigation. It has been a long process and her victim personal statement goes some way to showing the effect of Dr Chapman’s crime.”

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