Biomedical scientist struck off
- Published on Thursday, 11 October 2012 15:46
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
Biomedical scientist Adam J Cutler has been struck off the HCPC Register for filming his housemates in the bathroom whilst a student at Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and attempting to sabotage the school's investigation of the matter.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Adam J Cutler placed a USB pen camera in the bathroom of his shared accommodation on a number of occasions in an attempt to record his housemates doing private acts in the bathroom without their knowledge and / or consent.
The Panel further heard that Adam J Cutler attempted to conceal his actions by deleting the images from the USB pen camera when it was discovered by a housemate. Adam J Cutler then attempted to sabotage the HYMS fitness to practise investigation by resetting dates on his laptop computer before deleting the relevant files. He also supplied a laptop computer to HYMS that was different to the laptop computer that he had supplied for the purposes of the police investigation into the matter.
Panel Chair Elizabeth Carmichael commented:
"Whilst the Panel did take into account Mr Cutler's youth and the indication that he may have been suffering some stress at the time, it is clear nevertheless to the Panel that he committed serious misconduct over an extended period of time.
"Mr Cutler had clearly abused the trust of his housemates, he had been deliberately and seriously dishonest with the university authorities and the Panel believes that his actions had a perverse sexual intent. There is no indication of insight and there is continuing denial on Mr Cutler's part."
The panel decided the most appropriate action was to strike Adam J Cutler from the Register, with an Interim Suspension Order in place to cover the appeal period.
Adam J Cutler was not present or represented at the hearing.