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NHS nurse jailed for sexually assaulting women

|News, Sexual offences

Adam Soothill 32, who had been employed as a nurse within the NHS for 10 years, has been jailed for sexually assaulting women.

Between 1st January 2017 and the 31st March 2020, he made sexual comments and sexually assaulted 9 different women.

One woman described breaking down in tears as she told her partner about the incident. Another described the man laughing after he had sexually assaulted her.

Soothill denied the offences from the outset, claiming any touching would have been accidental and the women were lying. The jury agreed with us that the man had sexually assaulted the nine women.

He was found guilty of a total of 24 sexual assaults at Preston Crown Court following the trial. He was sentenced to 30 months imprisonment at Preston Crown Court on 27th October 2021.

Claire Marsh, Senior Crown Prosecutor at CPS North West said:

"Soothill sexually assaulted nine women over a three year period. He has today been punished for these offences.

"We are grateful to the brave victims who came forward to report the abuse. Their actions in taking a stand against this man’s behaviour will no doubt have prevented other women suffering from similar abuse.

"Sexual assault causes immense distress to victims and their families."

Notes to editors

  • Claire Marsh is a Specialist Rape and Serious Sexual Assault Senior Prosecutor for CPS North West’s RASSO Unit.
  • The Crown Prosecution Service is committed to closing the gap between the number of cases being reported and those going to court, to make sure more victims get justice.
  • In June, the CPS and the NPCC launched the National ISVA framework which commits to new minimum standards of support for victims of rape and sexual violence.

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