Man jailed for 18 years for numerous sexual Offences - Oxfordshire

27/04/2015

A man appeared at Oxford Crown Court today, Monday, 27 April 2015, and was jailed for 18 years for a series of sexual offences against multiple victims at locations across Oxfordshire.

Andrew Hutchinson, aged 29, of Garford, near Abingdon, was sentenced after previously pleading guilty to a total of 27 counts including rape, voyeurism, sexual assault and theft against victims aged between 10 and 35 between 2011 and 2013.

In addition to the custodial sentence he was also given a Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO) for an indefinite period and will be on licence for 25 years following his prison sentence.

Andrew Hutchinson was arrested by Thames Valley Police on suspicion of voyeurism offences at the White Horse Leisure Centre, Abingdon in November 2013. Hutchinson was initially charged on 5 December 2014 and was charged with further offences on 30 January 2015. Reporting restrictions were in place from first charge until he pleaded guilty on 30 March.

At the time of his arrest Hutchinson was employed as a staff nurse at the Emergency Departments of the John Radcliffe Hospital. Since his arrest he has not worked for and is no longer an employee of Oxford University Hospitals NHS Trust.

His arrest led to the detection of further offences from images, which were recovered on devices seized from him, including a mobile phone, computer equipment, memory stick and camera.

The victims in the images of sex offences had been unaware that offences had been committed against them because they were unconscious at the time the offences took place.

The victims of the voyeurism offences, apart from those who had made reports to police, had been unaware that they were being recorded or filmed.

Thames Valley Police undertook extensive investigative work to identify all the victims of offences in all images, in which it was possible to establish an identity.

All identifiable victims of Hutchinson have now been contacted by Thames Valley Police to be informed of the offences which took place against them and receive appropriate support.

Adrian Foster, Chief Crown Prosecutor for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said: "This case involved a sustained and prolonged course of sexual offending against a number of girls and women (aged between 9 and 35) in Oxfordshire between 2011 and 2013, by an A&E staff nurse, who is now 29-years-old.  Several of his victims were unconscious and receiving medical care, therefore extremely vulnerable. This made these offences even more serious and this has been reflected by today's sentence.

"Andrew Hutchinson abused his position of trust and took advantage of his circumstances to prey on his victims for his own sexual gratification. His offending came to light after his arrest on 04 November 2013, on suspicion of voyeurism in the unisex changing rooms at an Abingdon leisure centre. Images and films of sex offences being committed, indecent images of children, and upskirt footage taken at the hospital and in public were recovered on devices seized from him. Many of the victims of the sex offences had been unaware that offences had been committed against them because they were unconscious when they took place. They only became aware when they were contacted by the police during the course of their investigation.

"On 30 March 2015, at Oxford Crown Court, Hutchinson pleaded guilty to all 27 counts, including rape, voyeurism, sexual assault, making indecent photographs of children, and theft.

"The convictions and today's sentence serve as an important message to people who have been the victim of crimes such as these, or those that know such crimes are being committed, that they should come forward so that the attackers can be brought to justice and others can be saved from the horrific ordeal of abuse. The CPS will work closely with partners, as we did with Thames Valley Police in this case, to ensure that robust criminal cases are put before the courts.

"The emotional impact on the victims and their families of the abhorrent actions of this man is impossible to quantify. I hope that the conviction and today's sentence gives some small comfort to them. Our thoughts are very much with them all at this time."

Leading Operation Bream, Senior Investigating Officer, Detective Chief Inspector Mark Johns of Thames Valley Police CID said: "I am pleased that Hutchinson has been sentenced to 18 years in prison for this string of depraved offences across Oxfordshire. I have no doubt that Hutchinson would have continued to offend had he not been arrested so I am delighted that this prolific offender will now be behind bars for a significant period of his life.

"This has been a particularly complicated, unusual and sensitive case as the victims of his sex offences were not aware that offences took place because they were not conscious. Thames Valley Police sent specially trained officers to personally speak to all the victims.

"I would like to thank the victims for the great courage and dignity they have shown during our investigation. I cannot imagine the distress they have been through since we had to inform them they were a victim in this complex investigation. I hope the victims feel some sense of justice now Hutchinson has been convicted and sentenced.

"I would again like to reassure members of the public in Oxfordshire that all victims that can be identified from images we obtained from Hutchinson have been contacted by Thames Valley Police. However, should anyone wish to speak to our officers about their concerns, please do contact 101 quoting Operation Bream.

Finally, I would like to thank all the officers and staff at Thames Valley Police who have worked on this investigation, as well as all the agencies involved in this case, including the Crown Prosecution Service and NHS."