Nurse struck off after sexual assault

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A DRUNKEN nurse who grabbed a woman round the waist, pinned her arms to her sides and felt her breasts has lost his job.

Richard Simon Johnson, aged 56, of Church Close, Kiveton Park, repeatedly groped his victim during the attack in April 2010 and he was convicted of sexual assault.

He was sentenced to a two-year community order at Sheffield Crown Court and placed on the Sex Offenders’ Register for five years.

The matter was referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council by South Yorkshire Police and he was struck off with his fitness to practise deemed impaired.

During the NMC hearing in London, it emerged that in addition to the sexual assault, Johnson was convicted of drink driving at another hearing before Rotherham Magistrates in March 2002.

He was ordered to pay a £325 fine and banned from driving for 12 months.

Jenny Burgess, for the NMC, told the panel the incidents had happened while Johnson was employed as a staff nurse at Ash Green Learning Disabilities Centre in Derby.

She said he had an ‘unblemished’ record at work, but stressed that in committing the sexual assault he had breached one of the fundamental tenets of the profession.

In a written statement, Johnson argued he was not a risk to the public when at work.

But the panel ruled his ability to continue in the profession had been and remained compromised by his actions.

It decided striking his name from the register was the only appropriate sanction.

An 18-month temporary suspension order was also imposed to cover the appeal period should Johnson contest the hearing’s outcome.

He cannot apply to be reinstated to the register for five years.

Delivering the panel’s decision, chairman Dr Pamela Ormerod said Johnson’s behaviour marked a ‘serious departure’ from the standards expected of a nurse.

She added: ‘The panel was in no doubt that Mr Johnson had brought the profession into disrepute and had breached one of the fundamental tenets of the profession.

“Public confidence in the professions and the NMC would not be sustained if Mr Johnson was not removed.”