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Nurse investigated for child abuse

The Local · 22 Dec 2010, 09:00

Published: 22 Dec 2010 09:00 GMT+01:00

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The 27-year-old nurse from the children’s intensive care unit of the Helios Hospital located on the northern fringes of the capital was arrested last Friday after a nine-year-old alleged victim told his parents he had been assaulted, prosecutors said.

The alleged victims were aged between five and nine and were defenceless because they were being treated in intensive care and were either unconscious or immobile, prosecutors said.

The man, named by daily Berliner Zeitung as Michael N., is being investigated for three assaults, authorities said, though the hospital itself suggested there had been five cases and the state prosecutor warned further cases could emerge.

Prosecutors say he filmed at least some of the attacks on mobile phones. When police searched his house and his workplace, they found two mobile phones containing footage of an attack on a five-year-old. Early investigations suggest the boy was physically helpless because he was medicated.

Michael N. attempted suicide while in pre-trial custody and is now being treated in hospital.

“We are appalled and stunned,” the hospital said in a statement. “We regret most deeply the suffering, but also the uncertainty that is now plaguing many parents and patients as to whether they were or were not affected.”

Parents whose sons were treated in the intensive care unit in the past 14 months were informed of the investigation in writing.

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Michael N. has no prior convictions, Berliner Zeitung reported. He lives alone, has three brothers and worked in the ward since October 2009. Colleagues said he was helpful and friendly. They had no cause to suspect he was a paedophile.

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Your comments about this article

09:25 December 22, 2010 by storymann
I dislike these articles where children are victimized by adults .Paedophile s the lowest form of life on the planet.
10:21 December 22, 2010 by lordkorner
castrate him, lock him up and throw away the key.This crime has to be stopped ,once and for all.
13:19 December 22, 2010 by Prufrock2010
Is this guy also a catholic priest?
21:23 December 22, 2010 by xx.weirich.xx
This is sick... how much do you want to bet this guy will get let off easy because he is "mentally unstable?"
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