South East Wales

Death-bed texts nurse Obiri Asante disciplined

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Image caption The panel said the male nurse's work-place conduct would be reviewed for 18 months

A disciplinary nursing panel has found a male nurse was "sexually motivated" when he sent text messages to the 13-year-old daughter of a terminally ill woman.

At the time Obiri Asante, 37, worked at Chalfont Lodge Care Centre in Chalfont St Peter, Buckingham.

He now lives in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire.

The panel decided he would be monitored for 18-months and ordered him to take a "professional conduct" training course.

He was also told by the Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel, meeting in Cardiff, to write a weekly therapeutic "reflective diary" showing insight into his past behaviour.

The male nurse had sent a string of messages to the girl, saying how he "fancied" her and how she "excited" him.

During the hearing Mr Asante claimed the text he had received from the schoolgirl could have been sent by an adult.

He said he feared someone was trying to trap him by encouraging him to text back.

That version of events was dismissed, and no evidence was put forward to support it.

Mr Asante had previously admitted two of the three charges against him.

The first was that he sent the text messages to the girl.

The second was that he admitted that by sending the messages he was "pursuing a personal and/or sexual relationship with the patient's daughter".

Despite an insistence that his conduct in sending the messages was not sexually motivated, the panel found the third charge proved.

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