What para­medic told stu­dent be­fore grop­ing her bum, a hear­ing is told

Midweek Sport - - NEWS - By JON LIVESEY

A PARA­MEDIC re­peat­edly groped a stu­dent’s bot­tom and told her she had ‘a lovely wig­gle’ a tri­bunal heard.

Michael Beard also sent the woman in­ap­pro­pri­ate text mes­sages re­fer­ring to her back­side and call­ing her ‘sexy,’ it is claimed.

The stu­dent, known only as Miss A, who was study­ing to be­come a para­medic when she was as­signed to a prac­tice place­ment a Lon­don Am­bu­lance Sta­tion un­der Beard’s su­per­vi­sion.

The day af­ter she started in Septem­ber, 2010 she was sent a text mes­sage say­ing, “oh good n btw ty 4 walkin up­stairs ahead of me, it didn’t go un­no­ticed, a lovely lit­tle wig­gle;-) x”.

A panel at the Health and Care Pro­fes­sions Coun­cil heard that Miss A en­dured sim­i­lar treat­ment for weeks, fear­ing reper­cus­sions on her ca­reer if she re­ported Beard.

Grabbed

She said: “I was very new, very scared and very em­bar­rassed by it all.”

Miss A also told the panel that Beard grabbed her bot­tom on her sec­ond day.

She said they had been called to a job and while she was walk­ing up a set of stairs she felt some­one touch her and turned to find Beard stand­ing be­hind her.

De­scrib­ing an­other al­leged in­ci­dent of grop­ing she added: “We were wait­ing to get into our ve­hi­cle.

“He put his hand down by the side of me and grabbed my bot­tom again, but so that no­body could see.”

The panel heard that on Septem­ber 12 Miss A al­legedly told Beard he her feel un­com­fort­able. She said he apol­o­gised but then the next day had tapped her back­side again.

The panel heard that Miss A fi­nally told her tu­tor about what had been hap­pen­ing on her place­ment af­ter a fur­ther ‘touch­ing’ in­ci­dent.

Beard ad­mits send­ing Miss A the text re­fer­ring to her wig­gling her bot­tom as she walked up the stairs, but de­nies that it was sex­u­ally mo­ti­vated.

He also de­nies ever touch­ing her bot­tom, or that any of his ac­tions were sex­u­ally mo­ti­vated.

The hear­ing con­tin­ues

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