Published: 10:33, 11 September 2018
| Updated: 10:34, 11 September 2018
A female dentist has been cleared of molesting two women at her private clinic.
Dr Aviva Riley was alleged to have committed three sexual assaults on two women between January and November 2016.
She denied the offences and was due to stand trial in January next year.
But the 46-year-old appeared at Maidstone Crown Court to be told the Crown Prosecution Service had decided not to continue with the case.
Prosecutor Ed Fowler said at the start of the brief hearing: "Further to the Crown's duty of constant review of cases, the Crown has decided to offer no evidence on all three counts in this case, three offences of sexual assault dating back to 2016."
The allegations had previously been said to concern 'sexual touching' but the reason for the decision not to proceed was not stated in open court.
Dr Riley looked nervous as she sat in the dock before Judge Philip St.John Stevens entered three formal not guilty verdicts.
He stated: "I know it would have been carefully reviewed and may not be a matter to be canvassed in open court, and I accept that.
"I therefore enter not guilty verdicts on each of the three counts and the defendant may be discharged."
The 46-year-old has been a dentist for 20 years and is a partner at the Fourways Dental Surgery in Borough Green, near Sevenoaks.
Her barrister Nicholas Corsellis said the decision to offer no evidence brought 'many months of stress and high cost' to an end.
He added that Dr Riley's legal team would be contacting the CPS for their reason, as well as applying for a contribution to her costs.
"As Your Honour has said, it is not appropriate to canvass in open court why the Crown has made the decision it has made but we will be writing to the CPS to assist us with the analysis."
Dr Riley of Sutherland Road, Tunbridge Wells appeared at a General Dental Council hearing in February during which 12 working conditions were imposed for 18 months as a result of the allegations.
They included one that she be chaperoned while treating patients.
She had been due to stand trial on January 21, having pleaded not guilty to the three offences at an earlier hearing in April.