A female nurse was charged with a number of offenses after posing as a male doctor so she could receive explicit photos from people. Adele Rennie, 27, a former nurse at the Crosshouse Hospital in Scotland, was charged with 18 crimes including stalking, causing fear and alarm, sexual offenses, data protection breaches and attempting to pervert justice, Yahoo reported.

Rennie perpetuated the ruse over a series of four years, the Sunday Times reported. She reportedly used different names and voice changing phone applications in order to disguise herself as a man on social media websites. She also allegedly pretended she had relatives suffering from illnesses in order to elicit sympathy after being charged.

Rennie friend requested a woman on Facebook in 2012 and introduced herself as Dr. David Crolla, Prosecutor Scott Toal told Kilmarnock Sheriff Court, according to the Scottish Daily Record. She sent another message to the same woman two years later, this time, posing as a Dr. David Graham. Rennie called the woman, who said she had a “strange voice,” according to Toal. At that point, the woman became suspicious of the situation.

Rennie reportedly found another 10 victims on Facebook beginning in 2013, posing again as Dr. David Graham, engaging in sexual conversations. She sent one woman a love letter at her home, although the woman said she did not remember giving out her address, according to Yahoo. Rennie apparently persuaded one victim to send “Dr. Graham” explicit photos. Rennie also messaged a 24-year-old woman who she had did not know well but had met previously the night before in 2014, posing as Graham and “relentlessly pestering” the woman to exchange sexual messages, the Daily Record reported.

“He would tell her what to do and sexual conduct took place over the phone,” Toal said, adding that she would warn, “Just remember, I’ve got your photos.” 

Toal said the woman felt “degraded and betrayed” and suffered from “depression and anxiety.” 

A police investigation into Rennie was launched after she resigned from her position at Crosshouse Hospital following an alleged confrontation with a victim. She subsequently deleted her social media accounts and internet history when police arrived at her home and tried to cover up the situation by entering the wrong password and hiding her phone in the bathroom, the Daily Record reported. 

“We were alerted to serious misconduct issues, immediately suspended the individual and conducted a full investigation,” Hazel Boreland, nurse director at NHS Ayrshire and Arran. “This individual never returned to NHS Ayrshire and Arran following suspension and we reported our concerns to both Police Scotland and the Nursing and Midwifery Council.” 

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