Nurse banned for child porn and upskirting

August 10, 2012

Marissa Calligeros

A registered nurse has been banned from the profession for three years after being convicted of possessing child pornography in the worst category and ”upskirting” a work colleague.

Queensland nurse Wade Benjamin Brearley was jailed for five months last year after admitting to accessing child exploitation material, between August 2008 and October 2009, and taking photos up the skirt of a female colleague while on duty.

Despite having been released on parole, the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal banned Brearly late last month from re-registering as a nurse for three years and ordered he undergo counselling by a clinical psychologist approved by the Nursing & Midwifery Board of Australia for at least 12 months.

In her judgment, QCAT deputy president, Fleur Kingham, noted Brearley had taken steps to preserve the child exploitation material on portable memory devices over the 14-month period.

‘‘Some of the images were of the most serious categories, depicting penetration, sadism or bestiality,’’ she said.

‘‘It is also concerning that Mr Brearley brought his sexual offending into the workplace.

‘‘The upskirting offence indicated a willingness to play a more active part than he had previously played in securing pornographic material.’’

Ms Kingham said she was satisfied the tribunal’s sanctions on Brearley would ensure he was a minimal risk to his colleagues and the public in the future.

‘‘The purpose of the counselling is to facilitate Mr Brearley developing insight into why he engaged in the conduct the subject of these proceedings and to develop strategies to prevent the reoccurrence of such conduct,’’ she said.

If he does return to nursing Brearly will be barred from accessing any file, whether electronic or hard copy, of any client or patient under the age of 18, unless he is under the supervision of another registered nurse at the time.

He will also be banned from using any form of computer with internet access at his workplace, unless under direct supervision.


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