Sunderland Royal Hospital worker struck off after child porn conviction

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A MEMBER of an operating theatre team at Sunderland Royal Hospital has been struck off following his conviction for child porn offences.

Operating department practitioner Steve Nutton had over 600 images and more than 100 movies of sickening abuse he had downloaded from the internet.

The anaesthesiologists’ assistant, who has since been sacked from Sunderland Royal Hospital, also had pictures and film of extreme pornography, showing a woman having sex with a dog.

At a hearing earlier this year, Newcastle Crown Court heard at the 49-year-old churchgoer’s illegal stash was found when police raided his home and seized a laptop computer and DVDs.

He was sentenced to appear on the Register of Sex Offenders until 2019.

He also received a community service order and a sexual offences prevention order was imposed on him for a period of five years.

He has now been struck off the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Register following a hearing.

A panel of the organisation’s Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Nutton was sentenced for his crimes in February this year after pleading guilty to making and possessing indecent photographs of children, and for possession of extreme pornography.

The panel further heard that Nutton admitted in a police interview that he had been responsible for visiting a website and downloading the images on an NHS leased laptop, and that he had been drinking at the time.

Nutton, whose address was given in court as Brinkburn Street, off Chester Road in Sunderland, was sacked from his job at the Royal before he was convicted of the offences.

HCPC panel chairman Manuela Grayson said: “An entry on the Sex Offenders Register is sufficient in itself to underline the seriousness of Steve Nutton’s behaviour.

“The Panel noted that there were victims of this crime who had suffered actual harm in the making of the images that he viewed.

“Steve Nutton’s actions have brought the dignity and respect of the profession into question.”

The panel decided the most appropriate action was to strike Nutton from the register with an interim suspension order in place to cover the appeal period.

Nutton was not present or represented at the hearing.

A spokeswoman for City Hospitals Sunderland NHS Foundation Trust said: “When we were advised by police of the incident Mr Nutton was immediately suspended from duty and following a formal internal investigation he was dismissed.”