Nurse admits accessing indecent images of children on Addenbrooke's Hospital wi-fi

PUBLISHED: 13:13 26 April 2019 | UPDATED: 13:17 26 April 2019

Luis Proenca pleaded guilty to accessing indecent images of children on Addenbrooke's Hospital wi-fi. Picture: ARCHANT

Luis Proenca pleaded guilty to accessing indecent images of children on Addenbrooke's Hospital wi-fi. Picture: ARCHANT

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A nurse at Addenbrooke's Hospital, who admitted downloading indecent images of children through his work wi-fi, has been sentenced.

Luis Proenca, of Adrian Way in Cambridge, was arrested on September 1 last year at the hospital on suspicion of accessing and downloading indecent images of children.

The 41-year-old rented a room in the on-site accommodation at the hospital where he looked after patients recovering from anaesthetic.

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Officers were alerted to his IP address in June 2018, which led them to his accommodation where they found devices – including memory sticks, a computer and multiple mobile phones – containing downloads of graphic content.

Proenca, who admitted he had a “problem” and needed help, pleaded guilty to downloading and sharing indecent images of children and was sentenced to a two-year community order and 40 days' rehabilitation.

He was also given a sexual harm prevention order for 10 years and was added to the Sex Offenders Register for five years at Cambridge Crown Court yesterday.

Det Con Laura Else said: “This case shows that accessing explicit content on a public wi-fi, such as a hospital's, does not prevent us from tracking it the device down. We take all appropriate measures to track down IP addresses bring offenders to justice.”

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