A nurse has been sentenced to 18 years’ imprisonment for serious sexual offences in Oxfordshire.
Andrew Hutchinson, aged 29, of Garford, near Abingdon, was sentenced to a total of 18 years’ imprisonment at Oxford Crown Court yesterday.
He was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for an indefinite period and will be on licence for 25 years following his prison sentence.
On 30 March, Mr Hutchinson pleaded guilty to a series of sex offences against multiple victims at locations across Oxfordshire.
“Several of his victims were unconscious and receiving medical care, therefore extremely vulnerable”
Among these were a series of rapes and other sex offences, including voyeurism, while working as a staff nurse in the accident and emergency department at John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford.
He admitted to raping two female patients, which he filmed, and sexual offences against two others at the hospital between 2011 and 2012. The patients, who were aged between 18 and 35 years old, were unconscious at the time.
He also pleaded guilty to spying on girls and women aged between 10 and 20 at White Horse Leisure Centre in Abingdon and admitted to sexually assaulting two women in a medical tent at Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire in 2013.
Mr Hutchinson was arrested by the police on suspicion of voyeurism offences at the leisure centre in late 2013.
Following this, the police discovered further offences had taken place after finding images of sex offences on his mobile phone, computer and camera.
After being arrested Mr Hutchinson was sacked by Oxford University Hospitals Trust, which runs John Radcliffe Hospital.
However, it has emerged that concerns about Mr Hutchinson were raised more than five years ago. He was accused of “inappropriate behaviour” and taking photographs of a student nurse.
The trust has confirmed a complaint of voyeurism was made in 2009 and that it carried out an investigation but concluded that there was insufficient evidence to uphold the complaint.
“This has been a truly shocking case”
Commenting on Mr Hutchinson’s sentencing, trust chief nurse Catherine Stoddart said the case was “truly shocking”.
“As a nurse I am shocked and horrified by the way in which Andrew Hutchinson has betrayed the patients he was entrusted to care for and his colleagues, who also trusted him,” she said in statement.
“He totally failed in his professional duties and responsibilities as a nurse by abusing the trust placed in him by committing criminal acts against vulnerable patients,” said Ms Stoddart.
She added: “Now that the court processes are complete, we will be carrying out a thorough internal review to see if anything could have been done to prevent Andrew Hutchinson from committing these crimes and to recommend any improvements that could be made to either working practices or the physical environment if appropriate.”
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Adrian Foster, chief crown prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service, noted that Mr Hutchinson’s offences were even more serious because several of his victims were unconscious and receiving medical care.
“Andrew Hutchinson abused his position of trust and took advantage of his circumstances to prey on his victims for his own sexual gratification,” he said. “His offending came to light after his arrest on 4 November 2013, on suspicion of voyeurism in the unisex changing rooms at an Abingdon leisure centre.
“Images and films of sex offences being committed, indecent images of children, and upskirt footage taken at the hospital and in public were recovered on devices seized from him,” he said in a statement.
“Many of the victims of the sex offences had been unaware that offences had been committed against them because they were unconscious when they took place. They only became aware when they were contacted by the police during the course of their investigation,” he added.