Sheffield & South Yorkshire

Ex-NHS governor Dean Chambers jailed for sex abuse

Dean Chambers Image copyright South Yorkshire Police
Image caption Dean Chambers held a position as a Service User Governor with Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust

A former NHS governor who abused his position to meet and sexually assault vulnerable women has been jailed for five years and three months.

Dean Chambers, 49, deliberately targeted his victims before plying them with drink and drugs and subjecting them to "horrific" abuse.

Chambers, from, Totley, was jailed at Sheffield Crown Court after a trial.

He was convicted of two sexual assault charges, supplying a class C drug and perverting the course of justice.

The court heard Chambers met his victims while appointed as a governor with Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust (SHSC).

Det Con Kelly Skiller said: "Chambers took advantage of vulnerable service users during his short time as a governor for the NHS.

'Appalling crimes'

"After being released from his position due to concerns for his behaviour, Chambers went on to target vulnerable women in Sheffield over a period of two years, inviting them into his home and plying them with drink.

"He'd then give them prescription medication, before sexually assaulting them, taking pictures and videos of them as he subjected them to a horrific ordeal.

Chambers was found not guilty of a further six charges of sexual assault.

Kevan Taylor, Chief Executive of SHSC, said Chambers had been suspended in August 2015 after the allegations came to the attention of the Trust.

He said Chambers' Trust membership and role as a governor were formally terminated in September 2016.

"We are appalled by these crimes," he said.

He said that while no offences were committed on Trust property a safeguarding investigation would be carried out to determine "if any lessons can be learned"

Related Topics

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites