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Social worker caught sending sex video from work email account

Wales Online logo Wales Online 18/03/2020 Wales News Service
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A social worker was caught after sending a sex video of two adults from his work email.

Sean Wharton, 51, used his social services work email account to send sexual images as well as an “inappropriate” video featuring two adults.

A misconduct hearing was told Mr Wharton received the photos in a social media group on his mobile phone. But he said he accidentally sent them on to others using his work email instead of his personal account.

The Social Care Wales hearing was also told Mr Wharton sent emails containing confidential information from his private address. The emails included names of children, foster carer records, and medical reports.

Mr Wharton, who is a social worker based in Cardiff, admitted the emails lacked integrity. He also admitted that sending the sexual photos was “unacceptable and unprofessional”.

The hearing was told Mr Wharton also failed to adequately record a case for four years, did not carry out appropriate supervision, and failed to support a foster carer.

The panel found his fitness to practise was impaired due to serious misconduct.

It said: “The nature of your work is such that if you return to practice you will face challenging circumstances.

“Bearing this in mind, and weighing it against the evidence before us, the insight you have shown, and your developing but not complete remediation, we cannot conclude that the conduct is, at this stage, highly unlikely to be repeated.”

Mr Wharton had conditions placed on his registration for 12 months.

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