UK hospital theatre nurse charged with 20 sexual offences

A theatre nurse was charged on Wednesday with a series of sexual offences against patients and staff at the Royal Hallamshire hospital, Sheffield.

South Yorkshire police said Paul Grayson, 51, had been charged with 20 offences, including voyeurism and sexual assault, as well as with taking and making indecent photographs of children.

Ten counts of voyeurism and three counts of sexual assault related to offences allegedly committed at the hospital against five hospital staff and four patients between 2017 and 2020.

Four of those charges related to the discovery of recordings of the intimate areas of three unidentified female patients, a police spokesperson said on Wednesday.

The remaining seven charges, one count of taking indecent photographs of a child, three counts of voyeurism and three counts of making indecent photographs of children, were not related to the hospital.

“It is highly unlikely that the three unidentified women [in the recordings] will ever be identified as all existing lines of inquiry have now been exhausted,” said Ch Supt Shelley Hemsley, district commander for Sheffield. “Despite this, we have pursued charges on behalf of these women so that the judicial process can continue.”

Grayson has been bailed to appear at Sheffield magistrates court on 4 February.


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