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Investigation launched after child sex offender lands NHS job

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The circumstances under which a child-sex offender got a job as an NHS occupational therapist are being investigated by Essex health-service bosses.

Samuel Odinga, originally from Kenya, worked at the Colchester Hospital University trust for four years after being deported from the US.

He had received a 10-year suspended prison sentence in Missouri after pleading guilty to raping a 14-year-old girl.

After arriving in the UK, he successfully applied for a job at the trust, which at that time was known as the Essex Rivers Healthcare trust.

The trust has said Odinga’s conviction was revealed after a colleague carried out an internet search after becoming concerned about the standard of his work.

Says a trust spokesman: “We followed all of the correct protocols and procedures when employing Mr Odinga. However, as a result of what a Health Professions Council hearing is told later this month, we will look to see if there were any additional steps that could have been taken.”

A spokesman added: “Samuel Odinga was not ‘CRB’d’. However, at the time CRB was being phased in and I am told that the national situation at that time was that only staff working directly with children - which did not apply to Mr Odinga - were checked at that stage.

“The situation is different now. However, CRB only covers UK convictions so Mr Odinga’s conviction in the United States, which he did not declare to either us or the Health Professions Council, would not have been picked up.”

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