Paramedic struck off after taking pictures of female colleague in shower
A paramedic has been struck off after taking pictures of a female colleague in the shower.
William E Chamberlain, 63, of Liskeard, has been struck off by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) after a hearing.
Chamberlain was convicted of voyeurism on March 27 this year.
The court heard he was caught 'observing a person doing a private act' on December 27, 2011.
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He received a Community Order until 26 March 2013, was ordered to pay costs of £85.00, told to undertake a 150 hour unpaid work order and was put on the Sex Offenders notice for five years.
The HCPC held a hearing this week to determine if Chamerlain, who did not attend nor was represented, was fit to be a paramedic.
The hearing heard that in February this year a digital camera belonging to Chamberlain was seized by the Police and forensic examination resulted in deleted images being recovered.
They were photographs of a female colleague who had attended work for an early morning shift and who was in the process of taking a shower at the ambulance station.
Charged with the offence of voyeurism, Chamberlain appeared before the Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty.
The panel said: "In the judgment of the Panel any informed member of the public would have significant reservations about being in the care of a Paramedic who had behaved in the manner proved against Mr Chamberlain. It follows that his fitness to practice is impaired."
They added: "In the judgment of the Panel the consequence of Mr Chamberlain’s conviction and sentence is that he cannot be permitted to resume practice. A suspension order is not appropriate because this inability will persist at least as long as the registration on the Sex Offenders’ Register which is not due to expire until March 2017. It follows that the appropriate sanction is a striking-off order and this is the Order the Panel makes."