Yorkshire-based dispensing optician Dilesh Gohil has been suspended by a General Optical Council fitness to practise committee for nine months.

The panel found his fitness to practise impaired by his criminal conviction for sexual assault and by misconduct relating to his failure to declare this conviction to the GOC.

In making the decision, the committee, chaired by Sara Fenoughty, said: ‘The registrant had departed from the relevant standards in respect of being honest and trustworthy, and ensuring his conduct did not damage public confidence in him or the profession. However, he had shown a willingness to work to ensure that there would be no repetition of his misconduct.’