Nurse facing deregistration bid over bestiality conviction

07/11/2014 07:06

A nurse convicted of bestiality has faced deregistration proceedings in South Australia.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board has gone to the Health Practitioners Tribunal with its case against Kathleen Modystack, accusing her of damaging the nursing profession's reputation.

The woman was a dog breeder and employed until August 2012 by SA Health at an Adelaide hospital.

She was given a three-month suspended jail sentence and a bond after pleading guilty in the District Court to a bestiality charge.

Modystack made her home and two dogs available to a couple from Clare for sexual activity and helped record video.

The Nursing and Midwifery Board is arguing Modystack's conduct was "illegal and repugnant" and "inconsistent with being of good character and being a fit and proper person to hold a registration in the nursing profession".

The board also says Modystack's disposal of her computer to "frustrate the police investigation" was unprofessional conduct "below what is expected of a registered nurse".

Modystack has contested the deregistration application and the Health Practitioners Tribunal is expected to give its decision in October. ABC

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