Technician who fondled patient cleared to work with kids

A NEW South Wales medical technician who fondled a young man's genitals while carrying out a heart test has been deemed suitable to work with children.

The Sri Lankan man moved to Australia in 2007 as a 25-year-old and had no history of indecent assault prior to June 21, 2012.

The medical technician, whose name and city are withheld, was carrying out an electro-cardiograph test, or ECG, on a patient who had turned 18 just five days earlier, making him legally an adult.

The test involved placing adhesive stickers connected to leads on the patient's chest and ankles.

However, the technician went a step further and unzipped the man's fly, saying he would "give you a free waxing" before taking the man's penis in his hand, shaking it twice and returning it to his underwear while saying "this is very nice".

The victim gathered his belongings and left the room in a hurry.

The medical technician pleaded guilty and received a 12-month good behaviour bond from August 15, 2012.

He applied to have his right to work with children reinstated on October 30, 2014.

NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal senior member Munya Andrews said police had argued that "although the victim had legally reached the age of an adult that nonetheless he was just as vulnerable as any other young person" given the assault occurred just five days after his 18th birthday.

Ms Andrews heard the man was married with one child and had never had complaints made against him prior to the 2012 assault.

She ordered his disqualification from working with children be overturned.

- APN NEWSDESK



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