A convicted paedophile has been caught working as a children’s nurse in a north London hospital.
German-born Lars Gellner, 37, worked agency shifts at Northwick Park Hospital, Harrow, after fleeing Cambodia, where he faced trial for sex attacks on boys aged between 12 and 19.
A police sex offender unit traced Mr Gellner to the hospital and arrested him on duty in Octoberlast year.
A spokesperson for North West London Hospitals NHS Trust confirmed that Mr Gellner had ‘worked a small number of shifts at Northwick Park Hospital’.
‘He was employed through an agency and we can confirm that they conducted an enhanced CRB check,’ he added.
A spokesperson for Thames Valley Police said that Mr Gellner passed the agency’s enhanced CRB check because he had no criminal record in Europe, despite being jailed for 10 years in his absence in Cambodia.
Detective Sergeant Sam Hayward said: ‘No blame should be attached to the hospitals. They did everything they could to carry out the criminal checks on him and they came back showing nothing.’
Mr Gellner is currently being held at a remand centre.
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