John Ryan has been jailed for four and a half years.

A former mental health nurse from Worthing has been jailed for sex offences against two women.

John Ryan, 64, of Heatherstone Road, West Worthing, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison after admitting four offences, including an attempted sexual assault on one victim, and sexual assault on the other.

At the time of the offences Ryan was employed by the Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

Police said he was suspended by the trust on his arrest in January and has since been dismissed.

Diane Hull, chief nurse at the trust, said:

“My thoughts today are with the victims and their families.

“John Ryan’s actions were abhorrent.

“His behaviour goes against everything the nursing profession, the NHS and our trust stands for.”

Ryan will also be a registered sex offender for life.

Detective Constable Jane Mills of the West Sussex Safeguarding Investigations Unit said:

“It is important that people know that the police will always take reports of this nature seriously.

“We encourage anyone with any concerns relating to this investigation, and anyone who has been the victim of a sexual offence in any circumstances, to contact Sussex Police on 101 or online, and arrange to talk in confidence to experienced investigators.”