Nurse expected to be struck off after being jailed for grooming girl

Nurse expected to be struck off after being jailed for grooming girl

Nurse expected to be struck off after being jailed for grooming girl

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A nurse who worked at a children's hospital is today expected to be struck off after being jailed for sexual offences against a 14- year-old girl he met over the internet.

Graeme Gordon worked at the Royal Alexandra Children’s Hospital in Brighton for nine years up until his arrest at the end of August last year.

The 36-year-old was charged with three offences relating to sexual activity with a child under 16, grooming of a child for the purposes of sexual activity and possession of indecent images/pornography relating to children.

Gordon, formerly of Sussex Street, Brighton, admitted the charges and was jailed for more than three years at Reading Crown Court in January.

An investigation by Thames Valley Police revealed there was no evidence that Gordon had carried out any criminal activity at his work or that any offences were carried out in Sussex.

The 14-year-old involved was not a patient at the hospital.

A Nursing and Midwifery Council conduct and competence hearing into Gordon’s case is being held in London today where he is expected to be struck off.

Gordon was fired by Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust immediately after his arrest.

Chief executive Matthew Kershaw said: “As soon as we received news of the charges against him we dismissed him from our employment and we fully expect him to be struck off.

“The police found absolutely no evidence or even suggestion that Graeme Gordon’s offending behaviour involved his place of work.

“They also found no evidence that any of his colleagues were aware of his offending behaviour, they received no complaints about his work and there was no history or suggestion of previous offences.

“At the time of his arrest we informed all the appropriate authorities.”

The incident is not related to the National Crime Agency arrests earlier this week.

A Sussex Police spokesman said: “There is no evidence of any offences in Sussex in relation to this matter.”
 

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