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Paramedic struck off after taking pictures of female colleague in shower

By NeilShaw  |  Posted: October 10, 2012

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A paramedic has been struck off after taking pictures of a female colleague in the shower.

William E Chamberlain, 63, of Liskeard, has been struck off by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) after a hearing.

Chamberlain was convicted of voyeurism on March 27 this year.

The court heard he was caught 'observing a person doing a private act' on December 27, 2011.

He received a Community Order until 26 March 2013, was ordered to pay costs of £85.00, told to undertake a 150 hour unpaid work order and was put on the Sex Offenders notice for five years.

The HCPC held a hearing this week to determine if Chamerlain, who did not attend nor was represented, was fit to be a paramedic.

The hearing heard that in February this year a digital camera belonging to Chamberlain was seized by the Police and forensic examination resulted in deleted images being recovered.

They were photographs of a female colleague who had attended work for an early morning shift and who was in the process of taking a shower at the ambulance station.

Charged with the offence of voyeurism, Chamberlain appeared before the Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty.

The panel said: "In the judgment of the Panel any informed member of the public would have significant reservations about being in the care of a Paramedic who had behaved in the manner proved against Mr Chamberlain. It follows that his fitness to practice is impaired."

They added: "In the judgment of the Panel the consequence of Mr Chamberlain’s conviction and sentence is that he cannot be permitted to resume practice. A suspension order is not appropriate because this inability will persist at least as long as the registration on the Sex Offenders’ Register which is not due to expire until March 2017. It follows that the appropriate sanction is a striking-off order and this is the Order the Panel makes."

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  • leeroymeboy  |  October 12 2012, 5:05PM

    "On a serious note ..... how is it possible to obtain pictures from a camera that have been deleted ?" When you delete a digital file it just gets marked for deletion. Which means the space is available for anything else that needs it. If nothing over wrote the original file, then they can be pulled back off. Which is why things like dban exist :) http://tinyurl.com/6hxqlw

  • CharlieDodd  |  October 11 2012, 2:57AM

    ..'The panel said any member of the public would have significant reservations about being in the care of a Paramedic who had behaved in this manner proved'.. Nah, just don't call him if you're in the shower

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  • justright  |  October 10 2012, 11:48PM

    jabbathebutt........Everything you do on digital phone or computer or memory card leaves a shadow which can be converted back, and i do mean everything,1001001011000101000001000101000001010101010 this is a picture of you, hope you get my little joke

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  • jabbathebutt  |  October 10 2012, 10:43PM

    On a serious note ..... how is it possible to obtain pictures from a camera that have been deleted ?

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  • jabbathebutt  |  October 10 2012, 10:41PM

    No picture of a shower tap or curtain to show us what a shower looks like ?

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  • Vinnie_Gar  |  October 10 2012, 4:56PM

    If he got the lighting right in a shower i'd be well impressed.

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  • bissoeboy  |  October 10 2012, 4:21PM

    im assuming he was either having a shower or taking photos

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  • olddogbreath  |  October 10 2012, 3:34PM

    The sad thing about the Herald is that it often publishes photos of those who are merely arrested and yet does nothing when they are later released. What was this bloke doing in the shower in the first place?

  • CharlieDodd  |  October 10 2012, 2:49PM

    ..'taking pictures of a female colleague in the shower'.. I'm surprised his lens didn't steam up

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  • stratobuddy  |  October 10 2012, 1:12PM

    My comment was very tongue in cheek, it was a dig at the pictures that the Herald normally publish, such as a stock pic of a police car, a fire engine, a flood sign, and specifically the "picture" shown above for this article.

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