The former colleagues of a mental health nurse jailed for raping a toddler are “deeply shocked” by the case, the trust where he worked has said.
George Robert Anderson, 27, was yesterday sentenced to 19 years and four months in prison at Exeter Crown Court.
“No evidence has emerged to suggest that people in his care were at risk”
Devon Partnership NHS Trust said the nurse had since been dismissed by the organisation and its own investigations had concluded that no patients had been put at risk.
Mr Anderson was jailed after admitting filming himself raping a toddler in her bed after her mother invited him to a party at her home in Torquay, according to a report by the BBC.
He told the three-year-old he was a doctor and visited to the girl’s bedroom seven times throughout the night to abuse her, filming it on his mobile phone, the court heard.
He admitted the rape of a child, two assaults of a child under 13 by penetration, six counts of taking indecent pictures of a child and one of making indecent pictures of a child.
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He is currently the subject of an interim suspension order from the Nursing and Midwifery Council, until further action is taken by the regulator.
Melanie Walker, chief executive of Devon Partnership NHS Trust, said the case had “come as a great shock to everyone”.
“We have been supporting the police investigation since their concerns first came to light and we took immediate action to suspend Mr Anderson and to notify the Nursing and Midwifery Council,” she said. “He has since been dismissed from our organisation.
“We have also conducted our own investigation and no evidence has emerged to suggest that people in his care were at risk during the period in which he was employed as a nurse,” she said.
Ms Walker said: “The ward on which he worked supports older people with mental health needs. It has an excellent reputation and a fantastic team of staff who are known for their compassion and dedication.
“They have been deeply shocked by this issue,” she added.
The trust stated that anyone who has a concern in relation to the case should call 01392 208653.