North East Wales

Wrexham Maelor nurse struck off for indecent images

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A Flintshire nurse who was jailed after admitting downloading 5,000 child abuse images has been struck off.

Paul Richards, 37, of Mold, pleaded guilty to making and possessing indecent images of a child in May 2015 and was jailed for 10 months.

The former Wrexham Maelor Hospital A&E nurse told a Cardiff Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) hearing he wanted to return to nursing.

But Richards was removed from the register indefinitely.

He was told his crimes were "incompatible" with the profession.

As well as the prison sentence, Richards was issued with a 10-year sexual harm prevention order, which stops him working with children until at least 2025.

He told the hearing that while he knew he had done wrong, he wanted to return to nursing when the ban expired.

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Presenting the case, Louise Hartley, said Richards' computer contained "some of the highest category" of indecent images.

She added: "The public would be outraged to hear that a person with such a serious conviction, and who has served 10 months in prison for sexual offences, could continue to practice as a nurse."

Panel chairwoman Helen Potts said Richards' crimes were "incompatible" with a future role in healthcare.

She said: "You have been convicted of very serious crimes which the general public would find abhorrent."

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