New Zealand Health Practioners Disciplinary Tribunal
Monday, May 29, 2017



Charge No:



Mr Keith Paul Curry

Charge Characteristics:

Sexual Misconduct

Additional Orders:

Practitioner declined interim name suppression: 377/Nur11/174P





The Tribunal considered a charge laid by a Professional Conduct Committee against Mr Keith Paul Curry, nurse of Omapere, (the Nurse) relating to a referral of conviction.

He was convicted in the Whangarei District Court of two separate charges of sexually grooming vulnerable young girls under the age of 16.

The Nurse created the identity of an 18 year old male and established a page on the social networking site Bebo using this identity.  He then made contact with victims over the internet and by texting.  Some of the texts were of a sexual nature. When the first girl became aware of the Nurse's real age, contact ceased. He met the second girl, and gave her and her friends alcohol, but when she saw he was not 18 she made up an excuse to avoid his company.


The Tribunal found that the Nurse's conduct demonstrated a significant departure from the legal, professional and ethical standards expected from a registered nurse and was totally unacceptable.  Although the offences didn't occur in the workplace, they impacted significantly on his fitness to practise.


Given the seriousness of the offending, the Tribunal considered that an order which cancelled his registration was the only responsible outcome in order to protect the public.  He was also censured.

The Tribunal did not award costs, as the Nurse was on legal aid.  If the Nurse had not been on legal aid the Tribunal indicated it would have made an order that the Nurse pay 35% of the total costs.

The tribunal directed publication of its decision and a summary.

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