A paramedic who exposed himself to a female colleague as she was driving an emergency ambulance has been struck off.
David Lee, who worked with the Scottish Ambulance Service, placed his co-worker’s hand on his erect penis and giggled, telling her, ‘this is what you do to me’ as she drove a pregnant woman and midwife from Aberdeen to Kirkcaldy hospital.
The ‘disgusted’ female colleague felt his behaviour was hazardous as she was driving at 60mph on a dual carriageway at the time of the incident.
After dropping the patient off, Lee proceeded to expose his genitals to his colleague at the back of the ambulance saying, ‘we could quickly do it’, the Health & Care Professions Tribunal heard.
Lee asked another female paramedic if she had gotten her wrist tattoo after a ‘drunken night on holiday’, adding: ‘It’s a good job you didn’t get a c***k drawn on you’.
The tribunal heard that Lee repeatedly asked the same woman if she had ever considered being a nude ‘life’ painting model and if she ‘would do it for £1,000, the panel was told.
Lee also harassed a student paramedic, stuffing latex gloves down her shirt and asking if he could fish them out.
He badgered the young woman, telling her, ‘can I hold your [breasts]?… can I hold them for 10 seconds… for 5 seconds’.
On one occasion, he pointed to his groin area, adding: ‘this is what your boobs do to me’ while on another, he pulled her hand to his groin.
The panel was told that on several occasions, he unclipped the student’s seatbelt as they were driving.
Another female colleague had to tell him to ‘stop being a creep’ after he commented that her bra made her breasts look more prominent.
Following a 2015 trial at Aberdeen Sheriff Court, Lee was found guilty of two offences arising out of inappropriate behaviour allegations.
Lee had accused his accusers of ‘collusion’, claiming he was the victim of a ‘witch hunt’ and that his female colleagues had ‘jumped on the bandwagon’.
He applied for the tribunal to be adjourned, saying he was homeschooling his two children and didn’t want them to hear ‘evidence of an inappropriate nature’.
The panel said: ‘The Registrant had repeatedly treated junior female colleagues, all early in their employment with the ambulance service, in a degrading and disrespectful manner and in the course of his evidence before the Panel did everything possible to undermine them.
‘The Panel is of the view that any insight he has now developed is concerning the personal situation in which he now finds himself; the insight is not into his actions which brought him before this Panel or into the significant distress and potential reputational harm he has caused to the complainants in this matter.
‘The Panel has concluded that any remorse is self-centred with little regard for those who were directly affected by his behaviour.’
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