A NURSING assistant has been jailed for having a relationship with a patient at the mental health centre where he worked.
Ian Henshaw met the female patient, who cannot be named for legal reasons, at the Centurion Mental Health Centre, which is run by Sussex Partnerships NHS Foundation Trust in Chichester.
Chichester Crown Court heard the pair swapped email addresses in October 2009, and then phone numbers a month later in November when she was admitted a second time, diagnosed with an emotional unstable personality disorder.
Henshaw had sex with the woman in the back of his car and then again 24 hours later at her home.
The dad-of-two, of Garland Close, Chichester, was suspended from his work when they found out about the relationship and later dismissed.
He was later arrested by police after the woman gave a statement.
Defence lawyer Piers Power said: ‘He acted wholly inappropriately.’
But Mr Power added: ‘This defendant is not a sexual predator, he did not intimidate her.’
The 47-year-old pleaded guilty at Chichester Crown Court to two counts of sexual activity with a mentally-disabled person by a care worker.
He was sentenced 15 months in prison.
Henshaw will also be added to the sex offenders register.