Sex offender, 55, who posed as a doctor to sexually assault patient, 81, in an A&E cubicle just weeks after attacking a woman asleep in her own home is jailed for three years
- Carl Burger, 55, sneaked into the A&E cubicle at the Royal Liverpool Hospital
- He told the woman ‘not to worry, he was a doctor’ before sexually assaulting her
- He was confronted by a nurse who detained him until police arrived to arrest him
- Two months earlier he had groped a sleeping disabled woman in her own home
A man who posed as a doctor to sexually assault an 81-year-old hospital patient in her A&E cubicle has been jailed for three years.
Carl Burger, 55, sneaked into the cubicle and falsely told the woman he was a medical professional who was performing an examination to carry out the sickening assault on August 18.
It came just over two months after he had groped another victim as she slept.
He has now been jailed for three years and has been put on the sex offenders register for life for the sexual assault of both women.
The 81-year-old victim was asleep in an A&E cubicle at the Royal Liverpool Hospital when Burger entered. When she awoke he told her ‘not to worry, he was a doctor’ and claimed that he was going to perform a check on her heart.
Instead, he lifted up her dressing gown and sexually assaulted her before a nurse entered the cubicle and challenged him, having originally thought he was a relative.
Burger tried to leave but was detained by the nurse until police arrived at the hospital and arrested him.
Carl Burger, 55, (pictured) has been jailed for three years and has been put on the sex offenders register for life for the sexual assault of two women
In a statement, the grandmother said: ‘Before the incident I was a happy, outgoing person. However, all this changed.
‘He deceived me, saying he was a doctor then touching me inappropriately. It makes me feel physically sick to think about it.’
She said she had to return to the hospital since and felt ‘petrified’, adding that she’s not sure if she’ll be able to go back there if she needs more medical care.
Burger, who appeared in Liverpool Crown Court via video link from HMP Altcourse, had 37 previous convictions for 75 offences.
Just two months earlier, he had assaulted a woman in her own home in Liverpool in the early hours of the morning.
The victim, a severely disabled woman, had been asleep and woke to find Burger groping her left breast under her pyjama top and told him to leave.
A report was immediately made to police, who attended and took statements.
Burger voluntarily attended a police interview on August 3 but was not charged for this assault until August 19- the day after the attack in the hospital.
The 81-year-old victim was in an A&E cubicle at the Royal Liverpool Hospital (pictured) when Burger entered and told her ‘not to worry, he was a doctor’ before sexually assaulting her. (Stock image)
The victim personal statements of both women were read to the Liverpool Crown Court.
The elderly victim said: ‘I am in the later stages of my life, a period where I should be carefree and just be able to enjoy being with my family.
‘Since this incident however I am more vulnerable than ever.
‘I feel I have lost my spark and my family would also share those concerns.
‘I appear like I have just given up, defeated and my family say they have lost the nan they know and love.
‘The male’s actions have not only had a profound effect on me, but also my family.
‘They fear the worst, and we hope that no other person has to suffer at the hands of this terrible male.
‘I cannot believe someone would do something so awful to a vulnerable person in need, and hope this male is punished for what he has done.’
Burger, who appeared in Liverpool Crown Court (pictured) via video link from HMP Altcourse, had 37 previous convictions for 75 offences. (Stock image)
The younger victim said: ‘I worry about him ever turning up at my address and worry that I will come across him again.
‘The incident has made me feel incredibly conscious and worried about everything, at night I want every door to be locked and checked as I worry that someone will creep into the house and do something to me.’
Senior Crown Prosecutor Chris Fontaine said: ‘Burger is a serial sex offender who preyed on vulnerable women in circumstances that meant they were even more vulnerable.
‘We would like to thank the victims, their families and the staff at the Royal Liverpool Hospital for immediately reporting these offences to the police and stopping this offending behaviour before it escalated further.
‘It is because of their actions, their evidence and their support that Merseyside Police and the Crown Prosecution Service were able to build a strong case and bring this case to justice in a timely manner.’
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