A NURSE accused of sexually assaulting patients at a private hospital told jurors: “I never touched any one of those ladies”.
Gavin Nicholson is said to have groped five woman who had just had surgery, including breast enlargements, at the Spire hospital in Washington in 2007 and 2008.
The 58-year-old former RAF policeman denies the charges and is being tried by a jury at Newcastle Crown Court.
During his third day in the witness box, Nicholson, who qualified as a nurse in 2000, denied seeing the alleged victims as “sex objects” and said he viewed them simply as people who needed looking after.
Nicholson, who helped set up a charity to aid victims of the Asian tsunami, said he was “in a state of shock” when he was arrested over the allegations.
He told jurors: “I tried to do a good job in every case I was involved.”
Nicholson denied claims that he had abused his position of trust towards the alleged victims or took advantage of their vulnerable state.
Prosecutor Nicholas Campbell, QC, told him: “You took advantage of their position to obtain sexual gratification”.
Nicholson replied: “I did not”.
Mr Campbell added: “In each case you have touched areas of their bodies you had no right and no excuse lawfully to touch.”
Nicholson said: “I never touched any one of those ladies.”
Nicholson said he did not find any of the complainants “particularly attractive” and added: “I am married to a beautiful enough wife as it is.”
Alistair MacDonald, QC, defending, asked Nicholson if he viewed the women patients as sex objects.
Nicholson replied: “No, they were someone to be cared for.”
Nicholson, of West Avenue, Harraton, Washington, denies five sexual assault charges.