Nurse who raped unconscious patients took pictures in Batley gym

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A nurse who filmed himself raping two unconscious women patients in a hospital A&E department has been jailed for 18 years.

Andrew Hutchinson, 29, carried out the sickening attacks while the women were in his care at Oxford’s John Radcliffe Hospital in 2011 and 2012, having drunk too much on nights out.

The serial pervert recorded himself sexually assaulting two other unconscious drunk women while volunteering in the medical tent at the Wilderness Festival in Oxfordshire in August 2013.

Because they were unconscious at the time, none of his victims knew they had been attacked until police investigating Hutchinson painstakingly pieced together what had happened.

The staff nurse’s sex crimes came to light after he was arrested for voyeurism in November 2013. He had been illicitly filming young girls, including one aged just nine, underneath the cubicle walls in unisex changing rooms at the White Horse Leisure Centre in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.

A police search of his home uncovered footage of the sex attacks on his phone and computer equipment as well as child pornography and “hundreds if not thousands” of other voyeuristic pictures of women dating back years.

They included “upskirt” shots taken on the London Underground while Hutchinson was volunteering at the 2012 Olympics and images taken at a gym in Batley where he had worked before becoming a nurse.

Judge Ian Pringle QC, recorder of Oxford, described Hutchinson’s crimes as “despicable”.

He said: “When they were unconscious requiring your help and your assistance as their nurse, you raped them and you filmed it. It is impossible to conceive of a greater breach of trust in our society than that.”

He ordered Hutchinson to serve an extended licence period of seven years on top of his maximum jail term after he was released from prison.

Prosecutor Matthew Walsh told the judge he might struggle to “imagine a case where there was a more vulnerable victim”, with footage showing how Hutchinson escalated from voyeurism to attacking women “clearly in a state of unconsciousness”.

He said: “It was also clear from one glance they were in hospital and wearing white gowns. What was quite quickly apparent was that he had these women in his professional care.”

Hutchinson, of Garford, near Abingdon, admitted 27 charges including rape, sexual assault, voyeurism, outraging public decency, making indecent images of children, theft of a nasal endoscope to help him take his images, and possessing of ketamine.

Hutchinson’s voyeurism charges covered pictures taken inside the John Radcliffe Hospital and the leisure centre, with many female victims unidentifiable from pictures that showed them from the waist down.

Mr Walsh said police had “hundreds, if not thousands” of other images taken by Hutchinson over the course of years, but had been unable to trace those in them.

Claire Fraser, for Hutchinson, said he had been receiving therapy for his voyeuristic urges before his arrest in December.

She produced a letter the sex attacker wrote to the court, apologising to his victims for the “distress” he had caused them, and also to fellow medics for bringing the profession into disrepute.

“He hopes with the support of his family and any help he can receive, that one day he will be a productive, working member of society,” she said.