Nurse struck off for sex assault

PUBLISHED: 17:12 04 February 2009 | UPDATED: 11:16 12 August 2010

A NURSE who sexually assaulted a woman as she slept on his sofa has been struck off. The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

A NURSE who sexually assaulted a woman as she slept on his sofa has been struck off.

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) made the decision on Monday (3) after hearing that Gary Johnson, 52, who held two part time positions at Bromley Hospitals NHS Trust, had assaulted the woman in his flat after a party on September 30 2006.

He was jailed for nine months in January last year after he was convicted of assault by penetration at Croydon Crown Court and was placed on the sexual offenders register for ten years.

Representing the NMC, Melanie McDonald said the woman, referred to as Ms A, felt 'slightly tipsy' and drank some more vodka with Johnson back at his home in Tylney Road, Bromley.

She said: "Before Ms A could call a taxi she had fallen asleep on the sofa. When she woke up she was alone and gathered her belongings and left. She then realised she had left her mobile phone in the flat and went back to Johnson's flat.

"When Johnson opened it he was only wearing a towel. She went inside, found her mobile phone and called for a taxi. While waiting she fell asleep again. When she awoke she heard him calling her name and suddenly realised he was in fact kissing her face. Her top was up and the registrant had his hand inside her jeans."

Johnson then sexually assaulted the woman. When she pushed the nurse away, he said, "Oh, it's the drink. It got me carried away".

He later told police he had drunk two pints of lager and a bottle of red wine on the night of the party.

Johnson denied the assault but admitted sending Ms A an apology for his behaviour "though he did not know what he had done" said Mrs McDonald.

In March last year he was suspended from his positions as a charge nurse and rapid access charge nurse.

Chair Catherine Duthie said: "Confidence in the NMC would be undermined if a striking off order were not imposed.

"The panel has a duty to ensure that public confidence in the profession and the NMC is maintained and that proper standards of conduct and behaviour are declared and upheld. It is in the public interest that the registrant be struck off the register.

"In reaching this decision, the panel has applied principles of proportionality weighing the interests of the registrant against the public."

Johnson, who did not attend the hearing, qualified in 1987.

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