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A&E nurse who helped Manchester Arena bombing victims struck off for having child sex abuse videos

John Wadeson, 31, an emergency room nurse who helped victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, has been fired after being caught with sickening videos

John Wadeson, 31, an emergency room nurse who helped victims of the Manchester Arena bombing, has been fired after being caught with sickening videos

An emergency room nurse who helped victims of the Manchester Arena bombing has been fired after being caught using videos of child sexual abuse.

John Wadeson, 31, was working at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool when he was found with more than 150 images and 10 videos of child pornography after police raided his home in June 2020.

He managed to avoid jail time last year for his ‘good character’, after being handed an eight-month suspended 12-month jail term at Liverpool Crown Court.

In the raid, officers seized a Lenovo computer, an iPad and a Samsung Galaxy cell phone, which together stored a catalog of indecent images and videos of young children.

Wadeson initially told police he had “no idea” the footage was on his devices, but later confessed he knew they were on his phone, but denied viewing them.

Wadeson had previously helped victims of the Manchester Arena bombing in 2017 during his internship at the Royal Bolton Hospital.

The pedophile was told to complete a 60-day rehabilitation requirement, including a Horizon treatment program for sex offenders, and pay £500 court costs.

Wadeson was also added to the sex offender registry for ten years and was told to comply with a sexual abuse prevention order for five years.

He had been employed as a registered nurse since September 2017, but was suspended in June 2020 after Merseyside Police informed his employer that they had arrested him.

Royal Bolton Hospital, where Wadeson helped treat victims of the Manchester Arena bombing

Royal Bolton Hospital, where Wadeson helped treat victims of the Manchester Arena bombing

Royal Bolton Hospital, where Wadeson helped treat victims of the Manchester Arena bombing

The arrest was made on suspicion of uploading an indecent image of a Category B child on the internet.

On his devices, they found 56 indecent Category A images showing children as young as newborns — the most serious category for child rape — and 11 from the media were videos.

There were 35 Category B images — including eight videos — featuring boys as young as four to six years old.

Another 51 Category C photos contain photos of boys between the ages of three and four.

Police also found 35 extreme porn images, including two videos, and 11 banned – cartoon – images of children.

He was also in possession of extreme pornographic depictions of intercourse or oral sex with a dead or living animal.

The nurse confessed that he knew there were indecent images on the phone, but said “he couldn’t remember watching them.”

The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) released details on Tuesday about how they decided to remove Wadeson from the care registry last week.

They said: ‘Wadeson’s actions in creating, possessing and disseminating indecent images of children demonstrate a fundamental breach of trust and clearly damage the reputation of and undermine trust and confidence in the nursing profession.

“Integrity should be considered the foundation of any nurse’s career and the criminal conviction undermines the reputation of the profession.

“Wadeson has not made any remediation attempts and the risk of recurrence remains high.

“The panel concluded that nothing less than a cease and desist order would suffice in this case.”

The Manchester Arena attack in May 2017 killed 22 people and hospitalized more than 100 people

The Manchester Arena attack in May 2017 killed 22 people and hospitalized more than 100 people

The Manchester Arena attack in May 2017 killed 22 people and hospitalized more than 100 people

Ben Berkson, in defense, told Judge Andrew Menary: “This course of action has been described by his relatives and by the defendant himself as shocking and inappropriate.

He claimed that Wadeson struggled with his mental health when he was younger and had been diagnosed with psychosis in the past.

The lawyer added: ‘A particularly obscure point as a child was the death of his foster brother, which had a profound impact on this defendant.

As a gay man, he was generally bullied at school and had difficulty with his sexuality growing up for fear of homophobic abuse.

“Despite those difficulties, he qualified as a nurse in 2017 and started working in the emergency department of Aintree Hospital.

‘But immediately before that he did an internship at a nursing training institute in the Bolton hospital. In doing so, he actually helped the victims of the Manchester bombing.’

Wadeson was supported by his husband, who provided a character reference.