Healthcare worker, Hernando Puno, 51, appeared at Blackpool Magistrates Court today (Tuesday 4th January) accused of carrying out a series of sex attacks on seven women while working at Blackpool Victoria Hospital.
In total he faces nine charges relating to incidents alleged to have occurred between November 1, 2012, and March 1, 2021. He is charged with intentionally touching each complainant and that touching was sexual when she did not consent and he did not reasonably believe she was consenting.
Mr Puno indicated he would deny the assaults during his five-minute hearing. The Chair of the Bench, Robert Osinski-Gray, declined jurisdiction and sent the case for a trial at Preston Crown Court.
Mr Puno, of Onslow Road, Blackpool, was granted an extension of his conditional bail and must not contact witnesses involved, must not leave or attempt to leave the country and must live at his home address. He was told he also cannot attempt to seek any employment in a healthcare environment or enter NHS premises except for his own clinical treatment or dropping off another named person.
Featured photograph shows Mr Puno arriving at Court today.