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Andrew Kennedy, for Pym, told the panel that the dentist was going through difficulties in his family life at the time.‘The chances that on his first use of a dating website the first thumbnail he would chance on would turn out to be a patient must be infinitesimally small,’ he said.‘He was going through a prolonged and problematic divorce and he was running a business that was barely wiping its feet.‘There were issues in his private life and that led to a need, an inappropriate need I accept, for emotional support.’When he renewed contact for short period the following March, the woman forwarded the messages to his wife.Pym admitted failing to maintain adequate professional boundaries between himself and the woman dubbed ‘Patient A’ and that his behaviour was sexually motivated.Similarly, many of the ‘graphic texts’ emanated from her, he said.‘In so far as it was more than fantasy for her, it appears from the texts that she was the person pushing for the relationship to be more than fantasy,’ Mr Kennedy continued.‘Undoubtedly, she continued to text Mr Pym at times when she had recognised that the relationship may, or should, come to an end.It may well be that but for that it might have petered out.’The panel was told it ‘was not a relationship that was purely fantasy or sexual fantasy’, and that ‘there was an emotional side to it as well’.Her name is Anne and I'm proud to say that she's now my wife! After a month of daily messaging I finally decided to visit her in Saint Petersburg, you never know...
She suggested there was still a ‘question mark about Mr Pym’s ability to communicate effectively in terms of ending something’.
Gemma Hobcraft, for the General Dental Council, said: ‘This was a fundamental line that was crossed and therefore a serious departure from the standards expected.’A GDC committee will decide whether Pym’s fitness to practise is impaired by reason of his misconduct and what, if any, sanction to impose.