Nurse who posed as a man to dupe women in web sex plot

She used app to deepen voice

Scottish Daily Mail - - News - By Dean Her­bert

A NURSE posed as a male doc­tor to con a string of young women into send­ing her ex­plicit pic­tures and text mes­sages.

Adele Ren­nie used sev­eral male aliases to trick so­cial me­dia and dat­ing web­site users into for­ward­ing her pho­to­graphs and turn­ing up for fake dates.

The 27-year-old even used a voice-changer app to main­tain her cha­rade dur­ing phone con­ver­sa­tions with the women.

Ren­nie, who worked at Cross­sex­ual house Hos­pi­tal near Kil­marnock, Ayr­shire, pleaded guilty this week at the town’s sher­iff court to 18 sep­a­rate charges re­lat­ing to her five-year cam­paign.

Court doc­u­ments re­veal she ad­mit­ted to tar­get­ing ten women, send­ing many of them nude photos of a man. She also re­quested images of a sex­ual na­ture and in some cases turned up at vic­tims’ home ad­dresses and pho­tographed their cars.

Some women were conned into send­ing ex­plicit images to Ren­nie and held con­ver­sa­tions of ‘a na­ture’ in the be­lief they were in con­tact with a male doc­tor at Crosshouse Hos­pi­tal.

Ren­nie, who was put on the sex of­fend­ers regis­ter dur­ing a hear­ing on Mon­day, will be sen­tenced next week.

Most of the women, all of whom live in the Kil­marnock area, de­clined to dis­cuss the case.

But vic­tim Ab­bie Draper told how Ren­nie used an alias to con­tact her via so­cial me­dia af­ter she vis­ited her grand­fa­ther at Crosshouse Hos­pi­tal in 2014.

She told The Sun: ‘I didn’t know Adele Ren­nie and had never heard her name be­fore. I first saw her at Ward 6D where my gran­dad was a pa­tient in 2014. That was the first time I knew of her but even then I didn’t know her by name.’

She then re­ceived a mes­sage on Face­book from Ren­nie, pos­ing as ‘David Gra­ham’, ask­ing if she was a rel­a­tive of the pa­tient.

Miss Draper, 27, said: ‘I as­sumed it was one of his friends or as­so­ciates try­ing to get in touch to see how he was do­ing.

‘When I asked why, he said he’d seen my gran­dad in the hos­pi­tal and had put two and two to­gether.

‘I was sur­prised by how he had come to that con­clu­sion but I didn’t re­ply – al­though I kept him as a friend on Face­book.’

The model, from Kil­marnock, be­came sus­pi­cious of ‘David’ when he later claimed to have been her grand­fa­ther’s phys­io­ther­a­pist.

Miss Draper said: ‘I asked my mum if David Gra­ham was my gran­dad’s physio but she said it was an In­dian man.

‘I re­alised then there was some­thing dodgy about it but again I gave him the ben­e­fit of the doubt, think­ing maybe he’d got mixed up.’

When a friend no­ticed she had been be­friended by Ren­nie’s alias she re­alised the mes­sages were a bid to con her – af­ter be­ing warned some­thing sim­i­lar had hap­pened to an­other girl.

Po­lice were con­tacted and an in­quiry be­gan. Ren­nie was ar­rested and granted bail in Novem­ber 2016 on the con­di­tion she stay off so­cial me­dia and dat­ing sites – but she con­tin­ued to con­tact one vic­tim us­ing her mo­bile phone. She also ad­mit­ted to at­tempt­ing to per­vert the course of jus­tice by bin­ning her mo­bile and delet­ing her so­cial me­dia apps and in­ter­net his­tory.

The charge also re­vealed Ren­nie had ‘man­u­fac­tured’ a fake ID card un­der the name ‘Matthew Mancini’ to dis­suade one of her vic­tims from con­tact­ing the po­lice. She also used the alias ‘David Crolla’.

At her home in Kil­marnock yes­ter­day, Ren­nie’s mother said she was not home and de­tails of the case were ‘none of any­one’s busi­ness’.

NHS Ayr­shire and Ar­ran said it is ‘com­mit­ted to en­sur­ing our pa­tients are cared for in a safe and re­spect­ful en­vi­ron­ment’.

‘Some­thing dodgy’

Con: Adele Ren­nie asked vic­tims for ex­plicit photos

Sus­pi­cious: Ab­bie Draper

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