A SCOTS support worker has been struck off after sending explicit images of his genitals to a vulnerable service user with the message “look who’s popped up to say hello”.
Alexander Munro was removed from the Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) register yesterday following a stream of inappropriate behaviour.
The regulator found that, whilst employed at an anonymised organisation in Dundee, Munro had been engaging in an inappropriate relationship with the service user for ten months.
He sent images of his erect penis to the man and in other messages wrote: “you will have to come back to mine next week as we still have more f***ing to do”.
Several messages referred to the care user as “babes” and “hun” and Munro was found to have kissed the vulnerable service user and allowed him to masturbate him.
The SSSC yesterday issued the housing support worker with a removal order with immediate effect.
Their findings of fact stated: “We decided that there is evidence that between on or around 30 March 2020 and 22 January 2021, while working as a support worker…you did, on exact dates unknown, send pictures of your erect penis to service user AA.
“[You did] send a message alongside the pictures at a. above saying ‘look who’s popped up to say hello’ or words to that effect.
“[You did] send a message to service user AA saying ‘you will have to come back to mine next week as we still have more f***ing to do’ or words to that effect.
“[You did] send a message to service user AA saying ‘you’re more than welcome to come to mine and let your hair down’ or words to that effect, send messages to service user AA referring to him as ‘babes’ and ‘hun’.
“…kiss service user AA, allow service user AA to masturbate you, and in light of the above your fitness to practise is impaired because of your misconduct.”
Munro did not engage with the SSSC investigation at all.
On making their decision, the SSSC panel said: “The behaviour constitutes a breach of the fundamental tenets of the profession and an abuse of trust.
“Your behaviour was deliberate.
“While it is unclear how long the behaviour went on for, there appears to be a large volume of text messages between you and the service user which points to this occurring over a period of time.
“This was not an isolated incident of poor judgment, rather a pattern of behaviour in which you engaged in a sexual relationship with a vulnerable service user.
“Your behaviour is at odds with what your job role entails. It is likely that your behaviour will have resulted in emotional and psychological harm to the service user involved.
“The SSSC considers that a removal order is the most appropriate sanction as it is both necessary and justified in the public interest and to maintain the continuing trust and confidence in the social service profession and the SSSC as the regulator of the profession.”