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Creepy carer Healthcare worker who groped teen nurse in patients' room avoids jail

Joseph had contested the charge throughout, forcing his victim into the unpleasant situation of having to give evidence publicly against him.

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Jacob Joseph

Jacob Joseph

Jacob Joseph

This is the creepy care assistant who subjected a student nurse to a “determined assault” in a hospital.

Jacob Joseph followed his victim into a patients’ room in the Unlster hospital and groped her breasts and then rubbed his crotch against hers.

But the pervy healthcare worker narrowly escaped going to jail because, according to a judge, “his wife is standing by him”.

This week we confronted 41-year-old Joseph at his Millhouse Lane home in Antrim.

Joseph had contested the charge throughout, forcing his victim into the unpleasant situation of having to give evidence publicly against him.

Joseph maintained he had merely hugged the woman and no assault had taken place.

However, on Wednesday afternoon when we called at his door he wouldn’t confirm or deny whether he was sticking by his ‘hugging’ claim which was dismissed by the judge who convicted him.

“I’m glad it is over,” said a startled Joseph. “I’m happy I’m not going to jail. The judge said if I don’t do anything for three years I won’t go to jail.”

And when asked if he was sticking by his claims of innocence, he just repeated that he was glad he wasn’t going to jail.

And he added politely: “I don’t really want this to be in the papers, I have a wife and two young children.”

When pushed on whether he now accepted his guilt and if he had any words of apology to his young victim, he just smiled and said: “I will have to speak to my solicitor about that. It’s all over. I just hope I can work again.”

The shocking assault took place in Antrim Area Hospital.

Imposing a four-month prison sentence at Antrim Magistrates Court, Deputy District Judge Ann Marshall told the father of two she was suspending the sentence for three years because to send him to jail “would greatly impact them”.

“It’s really because his wife is standing by him and his young children that I will take the unusual step of not sending him to prison immediately,” said the judge.

After a contest earlier this year Joseph was convicted of one count of sexually assaulting his teenage victim on February 19 last year, the day before his 40th birthday.

She gave evidence that she went into a patient’s room to tend to them when Joseph followed her in, closed the door behind him and sexually assaulted her by touching her breasts and rubbing his crotch against hers, over clothing.

Joseph conceded that while he went into the patient’s room, he only “hugged” his victim.

In court this week, Joseph’s defence counsel revealed that he “maintains his innocence” of the charge but that given the nature of his profession, the conviction “will cause him, I anticipate, significant difficulty going forward”.

Describing the offence as “utterly out of character,” the lawyer said it was “somewhat unusual” that despite his protestations of innocence, a probation order was still an option for the court.

Sentencing Joseph, however, DJ Marshall said his continued denials meant that probation or community service orders “are straight out of the window... I didn’t believe him then and I still don’t believe his continued denials”.

She said it had been and remains her view having heard the evidence of the victim that “this was a very determined assault on her”.

“He followed her into the room where he knew he would not be seen and took the opportunity, when he saw her go in alone... to sexually assault her,” said the judge.

Imposing the suspended sentence, DJ Marshall added: “I would say without a shadow of a doubt he will lose his job.”

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