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Nurse acquitted of raping patient


14 December, 2007  

A hospital nurse in the UK has been cleared of raping a 16-year-old patient in his care after taking her to the toilet.

Oliver Balicao, 34, from Bicester, Oxfordshire, denied attacking the girl at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford in March, claiming the teenager initiated the sexual contact.

He was found not guilty of the rape accusation by a jury at Oxford Crown Court.

But he admitted a charge of having sex with a child while in a position of responsibility.

Judge Anthony King warned the married father-of-two that he still faces a jail term for that offence.

He was released on bail until sentencing on January 18, and ordered to sign the Sex Offenders’ Register.

After the case, Elaine Strachan-Hall, director of nursing and clinical leadership at Oxford Radcliffe Hospitals NHS Trust, said: “Nurses hold a position of trust with patients. This was a clear breach of that trust.

“As soon as we were informed about this incident, we called the police and initiated our own investigation and immediately suspended the member of staff.

“We co-operated with the police throughout their investigation, and now that the trial is over, we will carry out our own internal disciplinary proceedings.”

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