Mon, 30 Mar 2015
A FORMER senior nurse at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital has been been convicted of a series of sex offences against multiple victims.
Andrew Hutchinson, aged 29 of Garford, near Abingdon, Oxfordshire, pleaded guilty to 11 counts of voyeurism, two counts of rape, two counts of sexual assault and several other charges including making indecent images of children, causing a person to engage in sexual activity without consent, assault by penetration and outraging public decency at Oxford Crown Court.
The incidents took place between October 2011 and December 2014, with his victims aged from 10 to 35, and occurred at locations including John Radcliffe Hospital emergency department, White Horse Leisure Centre, Abingdon, residential addresses near Abingdon and in the medical tent at Wilderness Festival.
He also pleaded guilty to theft of medical equipment from the John Radcliffe Hospital in November 2013 and theft/possession of class B drug Ketamine which was found in his possession on December 4 last year.
Hutchinson was arrested by Thames Valley Police on suspicion of voyeurism offences at the White Horse Leisure Centre, Abingdon, in November 2013 and was charged initially on 5 December, 2014.
He was charged with further offences on 30 January, 2015. Restrictions, removed on March 30, prevented the media from reporting on the charges.
At the time of his arrest Hutchinson was employed as a staff nurse at the emergency departments of the John Radcliffe Hospital.
Since his arrest he has not worked for and is no longer an employee of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.
His arrest led to the detection of further offences from images on devices seized from him, including a mobile phone, computer equipment, memory stick and camera.
The victims in the images of sex offences had been unaware that offences were committed against them because they were unconscious at the time the offence took place.
The victims of the voyeurism offences, apart from those who had made reports to police, had been unaware that they were being recorded or filmed.
Thames Valley Police undertook extensive investigative work to identify all the victims of offences in all images, in which it was possible to establish an identity.
All identifiable victims of Hutchinson have now been contacted by Thames Valley Police to be informed of the offences which took place against them and receive appropriate support.
Senior investigating officer at Thames Valley Police CID, Det Ch Insp Mark Johns, who is leading the Bream operation, said: “I am pleased that Hutchinson has pleaded guilty to his offences and spared his victims having to endure a trial to receive justice.
“This has been a complicated and unusual case as the victims of his sex offences were not aware that offences took place because they were not conscious. Thames Valley Police sent specially trained officers to personally speak to all the victims, who showed great courage when informed with such distressing news.
“I have no doubt that Hutchinson would have continued to offend had he not been arrested.
“I would like to reassure members of the public in Oxfordshire that all the victims which can be identified from images have been contacted by Thames Valley Police. Should anyone wish to speak to our officers about their concerns, please do contact 101 quoting Operation Bream.”
Any members of the public with concerns, should contact Thames Valley Police on the 24-hour non-emergency telephone number 101 quoting Operation Bream.