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Updated: Nurse charged with patient sex attack at private hospital

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A nurse has been charged with sexually assaulting two women at a private hospital, police have said.

Ioan Galatanu, 51, is accused of sexual assault by touching of one patient between 31 July and 31 August last year.

He is also alleged to have committed the same offence on another patient at Goring Hall Hospital in Worthing, West Sussex, on 6 September 2013.

Sussex Police said Mr Galatanu, of South Street, Lancing, will appear at Worthing Magistrates’ Court on 27 May.

A hospital spokesman said: “Whilst we cannot comment in detail as criminal proceedings are under way, we take these allegations extremely seriously.

“The individual in question was suspended as soon as the allegations were made, and we continue to work as closely as possible with all relevant authorities.”

Goring Hall Hospital is part of BMI Healthcare.

Update on 21 March 2016: Last week a jury at Lewes Crown Court failed to reach a verdict and Mr Galatanu was discharged.

The prosecution offered no evidence at the hearing on Wednesday 16 March and Mr Galatanu was formally acquitted.

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