A trained medic who sexually assaulted three women under the guise of performing medical assessments has been imprisoned.
John Franklin, 39 years-old, and formerly of Kent Avenue in Sittingbourne was in February 2014 convicted of two counts of sexual assault by penetration on a teenager in Sittingbourne.
As a member of St John Ambulance, Franklin asked his victim if he could perform a medical assessment on her in his private ambulance as part of his training. Whilst doing this, he carried out internal examinations and touched her intimately. Numerous experts declared that none of these acts were necessary or part of his training.
Franklin was charged and following a trial was convicted of two counts of assault by penetration. However, the jury could not reach a verdict on four other counts relating to other victims; three of sexual assault and one of rape. Sentencing was postponed until the conclusion of a retrial in relation to the remaining charges.
In September 2014 a retrial took place, with Franklin facing charges of sexual assault on two women on the Urban Blue Bus in Maidstone between 2011 and 2012. He also faced one count of rape and one of sexual assault that occurred in 1996. Franklin was found guilty of two counts of sexual assault. He was found not guilty of one count of rape and one count of sexual assault. On 16 October he was sentenced to eight years in prison for the four offences of which he was convicted.
Detective Inspector Neil Kimber of Kent Police said: ‘I’m glad that together with the Crown Prosecution Service and commitment of the victims we were able to bring Franklin back to court to face a retrial on four serious allegations that were outstanding from his previous trial. His victims bravely came forward and reported these violations and it is important for them to see justice being served with the substantial sentence that has been passed. I would like to thank the victims for their bravery and commitment and hope that they will be able to rebuild their lives now that this sentence has imposed.
‘If anyone has been the victim of a sexual assault I would encourage them to report it. They will get our full support through any subsequent investigation and we will support you fully throughout the process.’