Pervert Islington nurse struck off after harassing colleague
PUBLISHED: 08:55 28 October 2011
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»A nurse who imitated sexual acts as he harassed a colleague for nearly two years has been kicked out of the profession.
Harry Douglas made unwanted advances towards the married support worker between June 2006 and April 2008 while employed at Highgate Mental Health Centre in Dartmouth Park Hill.
At a misconduct hearing in central London on Thursday, The Nursery and Midwifery Council found him guilty of six allegations of inappropriate sexual conduct when employed as a staff nurse with the Camden and Islington NHS Mental Health Trust.
The enquiry heard father-of-five Douglas showed pornographic pictures, made lewd gestures and stroked his genitals in front of her. He told the staff member he thought of her when having sex with his wife.
Ordering his name struck off the Nursing Register, panel chairman Paul Hindley said: “The charges found proved are serious.
“The fact he denied them, suggesting the victim fabricated them, is an aggravating factor. The behaviour cannot be reconciled with that of a practising member of the medical profession.”
The victim told the hearing: “It was as if he saw me as someone who was just sexual, to whom he could express whatever he liked. It was diminishing.”
The Camden and Islington NHS Mental Health Trust fired Douglas after an internal investigation in September 2008 but he started work again for the Central and North West London NHS Trust.
At the misconduct hearing, he also admitted failing to disclose details of his previous employment.
He was cleared of two charges which included asking the woman to have sex with him.
Sarah Christie-Brown, representing Douglas, who is now a courier, urged the panel not to strike her client off and claimed the incident took place at a stressful time.
She added: “This process over two and a half years has left him ill, distraught and unable to obtain a job in his profession.”
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