Operating theatre nurse admits sexually assaulting patients and staff

Paul Grayson, 51, admitted voyeurism and sexual assaults, with several offences committed at the Day Case Theatre Unit at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital

Paul Grayson admitted voyeurism and sexual assaults at a NHS teaching hospital

An operating theatre nurse has admitted a series of sexual offences against hospital patients and staff.

Paul Grayson, 51, has admitted voyeurism and sexual assaults at a large NHS teaching hospital in Sheffield.

But he denied charges which accuse him of making indecent images of children and will stand trial accused of these offences at a later date.

Grayson, who is bald with a grey beard, sat in the dock at Sheffield magistrates on Friday wearing a dark waterproof coat over a shirt and tie.

Police have said many of the offences were committed in the Day Case Theatre Unit at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

When Grayson was charged in December, police said some of the allegations related to recordings of the intimate areas of three female patients.

But they said these three victims may never be identified despite “significant” inquiries by officers.







Paul Grayson leaving Sheffield Magistrates’ Court
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The staff and patients were targeted by the nurse between 2017 and 2020.

District Judge Tim Spruce sent the case to Sheffield crown court, where Grayson will face trial on the charges of making indecent images of children.

Grayson, of Woodstock Road, Sheffield, admitted 13 voyeurism charges, including one created by new upskirting legislation.

He also pleaded guilty to two counts of sexual assault, one of sexual touching and one of taking an indecent image.

He denied three counts of making indecent images of children – relating to 123 stills and three videos and was bailed to appear at crown court on March 7th.







Police said many of the offences were committed at Sheffield’s Royal Hallamshire Hospital
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When Grayson was charged last year, Chief Superintendent Shelley Hemsley, district commander for Sheffield, said: “I know this case is extremely unsettling.

“These charges follow an extensive investigation carried out by officers in our Protecting Vulnerable People department.”

But he said it was “highly unlikely” that the three unidentified women will ever be identified.

“Despite this, we have pursued charges on behalf of these women so that the judicial process can continue,” he said.

The hospital’s chief nurse, Professor Chris Morley, said at the time, the trust was cooperating with police and taking the allegations “extremely seriously”.

He said he was sorry the three women could not be identified.

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