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Addenbrooke's nurse accessed explicit images

By Alex Spencer

A hospital nurse who downloaded indecent images of children through his work Wifi has been sentenced.

Luis Proenca, 41, was arrested on September 1, 2018, at Addenbrooke’s Hospital, in Cambridge, on suspicion of accessing and downloading indecent images of children.

Cambridge Crown Court (9199943)
Cambridge Crown Court (9199943)

Proenca, of Adrian Way, Cambridge, rented a room in the on-site accommodation at the hospital where he looked after patients recovering from anaesthetic.

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 admitted he had a “problem” and needed help. He 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 ten years and was added to the Sex Offenders Register for five years at Cambridge Crown Court on Thursday (25 April).

DC Laura Else said: “This case shows that accessing explicit content on a public Wifi, 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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