Former nurse jailed for sex offences - St Albans

23/05/2014

A former male nurse appeared at At Albans Crown Court today, Friday, 23 May 2014, and was jailed for twelve and a half years for sexually assaulting two female mental health patients in his care. He has also been made the subject of a Sexual Offences Prevention Order (SOPO) for life and has been placed on the Sex Offenders' Register for life.

Alan Taylor, aged 51, of Centaurus Square, St Albans was sentenced after being found guilty of five out of twelve counts of sexual activity with a person with a mental disorder by a carer following a two week trial at St Albans Crown Court which concluded on 15 April.

The court heard how over several years until 2007 Alan Taylor abused the vulnerable women, both now aged 32, in his care at a hospital near Radlett, Hertfordshire.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved the sexual assault of women by a care manager.  The position of trust held by the care manager,  and the vulnerability of the victims at the time of the abuse greatly increases the seriousness of these already grave offences.

"It is only due to the great courage and persistence of the victims that the despicable behaviour of this nurse at the residential hospital has been exposed. I would like to pay tribute to the victims and witnesses in this case for their strength and tenacity in coming forward and giving evidence on matters which must still have been extremely distressing years after the events took place.

"Today's sentence serves as an important message to people who have been the victim of crimes such as these that they should come forward regardless of when the offence occurred because time is not a barrier to justice. The CPS will work closely with partners, as we did with Hertfordshire Constabulary in this investigation, to ensure that robust criminal cases are put before the courts.

"The emotional impact on the victims of this nurse is impossible to quantify. I hope that the conviction and sentence gives some small comfort to the victims involved. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Detective Constable Kelly Adams, who led the investigation said: "Alan Taylor is a despicable man who preyed on one of the most vulnerable groups of young women in society.  He was supposed to care for them, but instead took advantage of their situations for his own sexual gratification. This case has been one of the most emotionally and mentally taxing cases we have dealt with - not only because of the nature of the offences, but because the victims were extremely vulnerable.  I would like to thank all of the victims and their support workers for their bravery and integrity helping us to bring this case to court and  for giving evidence throughout this case which has been harrowing  and extremely difficult for them.

"We hope that the verdicts passed today and sentences given will reflect the severity of Alan Taylor's appalling actions and give hope to victims of sexual offences that justice can and will be done and the perpetrators of such crimes will be dealt with."

A spokesman from the Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust, said: "Our thoughts are with the vulnerable women in this appalling case, as well as their families.

"Alan Taylor's actions were completely unacceptable.  He betrayed the position of trust he held and we do not tolerate such behaviour.

"We acted quickly when the allegations were first reported to us. Alan Taylor was suspended from duty and then dismissed following a thorough internal investigation. We reported the matter to the police and the Nursing and Midwifery Council at the time

"We take any allegations of abuse very seriously.  The safety of those who use our services is extremely important to us and is fundamental to the high quality of care and support we aim to provide."