Dr Neil McQuire, 59 year old Consultant Chartered Psychologist of Clay Lane, Norden, Rochdale, has been cleared of all charges following allegations of rape made by a former patient.  The patient had claimed that Dr McQuire had raped her in his office on a weekly basis on five occasions.

Although Dr McQuire has strenuously denied these allegations throughout, he  was charged in February 2010 and was due to appear at Bolton Crown Court for trial in due course.  However, at a Court hearing on September 24th the Crown Prosecution Service concluded that there was no case to answer and that they would be offering no evidence against Dr McQuire.

His Honour Judge Everett recorded a verdict of not guilty and commented that in his opinion no prosecution should have been brought against Dr McQuire.  He told Dr McQuire “You are free to leave this Court without a stain on your character”.

Dr McQuire stated:  “Throughout this ordeal I have been able to continue to work with total professionalism and with respect for my clients.  I no longer provide a therapy service as I am now engaged solely in my role as an Expert Witness. I have continued to be registered with my professional body the BPS, who have indeed been very supportive towards me.  I will at all times continue to work in a caring, professional and ethical way with my clients”.