May 2011

Back behind bars: Pervert nurse who tried to create false ID to get new job


A convicted sex offender struck off from nursing turned to identity fraud in a bid to get a new job.

Damien Bible, 28, was working as a sexual health adviser at a drop-in clinic for youngsters when he subjected a schoolgirl to an intimate examination for perverted kicks.

The qualified nurse from Chorlton – who had also worked at hospitals in Bolton and Wythenshawe – was locked up in September 2008 for three-and-a-half years after being found guilty of sexual activity with a child. He was also barred from working with children.

But it has emerged that after his early release from prison he embarked on a sinister campaign of deception which has landed him back behind bars. Bible, of Oswald Road, decided to start a new life as ‘Adrian James Stewart’ – and set about acquiring medical qualifications for his new identity.

In October, last year he duped the University of Manchester into issuing a specialist mental health qualification to his fake identity after copying someone else’s degree certificate.

The fraud was discovered three months later – days after the Nursing and Midwifery Council struck him off for the sex offence – when he tried to transfer his old nursing certificates to his new identity.

The conman has now been recalled to prison to serve out the rest of his sentence and must serve another four months after admitting charges of fraud and failing to notify police of his new identity, which registered sex offenders must do by law.

He is not likely to be freed until August next year.

Bible, a former youth worker, denied that he had been trying to sneak back into nursing or working with youngsters.

But Justin Hayhoe, prosecuting, told Manchester Crown Court that the Crown Prosecution Service took the claims with a pinch of salt.

He said he was concerned Bible was adding to his professional qualifications ‘in an attempt that perhaps indicates something more sinister.’

Mr Hayhoe said: “If he wanted to obtain a legitimate job he would have simply have changed his name to Adrian Stewart.

“There would have been no need to have changed his nursing certificates to that name. They would have been no use to him.”

Nicholas Clarke, defending, said: “I accept, as does Mr Bible, that these offences have the taint of something far more serious, and have the potential for something far more serious, but he was caught before anything happened.

“He hadn’t applied for employment in another name, he hadn’t sought to conceal his conviction from his employer. I accept he may have been preparing for that.”

Bible’s sex trial heard he had not been qualified to perform an intimate swab test on the youngster at the Parallel Clinic in Bolton and had made inappropriate remarks while doing it.

When he was struck off by the Nursing and Midwifery Council in December last year, he had already been trying to build up a CV for his new identity for several months.

Bible was arrested and interviewed in February and at one stage claimed the identity theft had been a prank.

Sentencing, Recorder Anthony Cross QC told Bible: “I do make the assumption that you wished to obtain employment under a new name and that you would seek to hide your previous convictions, at least at some stage.”