Wales

Nurse Victoria Horsley 'sex with boy' case adjourned

Victoria Horsley
Image caption Victoria Horsley said the allegations were made up

A disciplinary hearing involving a district nurse accused of having sex with a 15-year-old boy has been adjourned until later this month.

Victoria Horsley, 36, of Benllech, Anglesey, has denied ever having sex with the boy and drinking alcohol with him.

She is facing a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel over the alleged relationship.

The panel said more time was needed to consider the evidence.

The hearing was adjourned to 24 October to a venue to be confirmed.

The panel had previously been told that Mrs Horsley and the teenager had sex on the beach near her home and also in her bedroom.

Mrs Horsley, who was sacked by North West Wales NHS Trust and faces being struck off by the disciplinary committee, told the hearing that the claims had been made up by the boy, referred to as Child A.

She said the teenager's family were "nasty people" and he had made up the allegations to "make trouble for me".

Mrs Horsley said she first met the boy and his brother when they claimed they were being physically abused and "being hit a lot" by the father.

Contrary to advice

She said the brothers later began to pester her for lifts in her NHS car and that their "whole family turned nasty".

The hearing was previously told the boy was the envy of his teenage friends for allegedly having a relationship with the nurse for three years.

Allegations against her were twice investigated by police but no action was taken due to insufficient evidence, the hearing was told.

She denies having sex with Child A and denies allowing Child A and Child B to drive her NHS car on dates between 2005 and 2007.

Mrs Horsley also denies maintaining contact with them contrary to advice given to her by her employer.

Serious allegations

She admits allowing a teenage friend of the children to drive her NHS car on or around 16 April, 2007.

The three-person panel had been expected to reach a judgment on Friday after evidence on both sides concluded the previous day.

But panel chairwoman Cheryl Beach said: "We are making reasonable progress but as you know this week we have heard nine live witnesses and received three witness statements," she said.

"These are serious allegations and it is important that we give them due consideration.

"I am sorry that you have spent most of today sitting around but I hope you recognise that there is a great wedge of evidence that we have to consider. We would not want to rush into these decisions."

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