Care home worker struck off after exposing himself to woman and son

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A CARE home worker has been struck off after he exposed himself to a woman and her son.

Andrzej Herde was sat on a chair naked in his living room and stood up to reveal his genitals to his shocked victims in July 2014.

Two days after the incident, the 64-year-old was dismissed from his job at Louisebrae Care Home, Perth.

Mr Herde, originally from Warsaw, Poland, was found guilty of public indecency and fined £400 by Perth Sheriff court for the incident in August 2015.

It has also emerged that in 2013 he was dismissed from a different care home for shouting at staff and getting a top stuck around a resident’s neck.

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has now removed Mr Herde from the care profession register saying he abused his trust and posed a risk to service users.

The charge read: “On 22 July 2014 at [address redacted], expose your genitals to CC (female) and DD (male) c/o Police Scotland, in that you sat in a chair within your living room and thereafter stood up naked exposing your penis.”

Referring to the incident, the panel stated in their findings of fact: “At Perth Sheriff Court on 25 August 2015 you were convicted of the public indecency crime…and fined £400.”

During the hearing further details emerged stating how in December 2012 at Kippen Care Home in Dunning, Perth and Kinross, Mr Herde “behaved in an intimidating and threatening manner” towards a senior colleague by shouted and pointed at her.

Andrzej Herde

Then three months later he failed a remove service clothing safely resulting in his top getting caught around his neck and two colleagues having to intervene and telling him to stop.

He later failed to inform the council of his dismissal.

On making their decision, the SSSC panel concluded: “The misconduct found was fundamentally incompatible with being a social service worker.

“The misconduct found constitutes a serious departure from the standards set out in the code.

“Your behaviour abused the trust placed in you and posed a risk of harm to a service user, a colleague and other members of the wider public.

“Some of your actions were deliberate, others reckless, such as the public indecency conviction.

“By definition, the public indecency conviction affronts public sensibility.

“Given the serious and varied nature of the misconduct found, and the associated risks, public protection and the public interest in maintaining confidence in the social services workforce and the council as the regulator would be undermined were a removal order not made.”

 
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