Covid test centre worker sacked ‘for exposing sex offender who works there’
A veteran has been sacked from his job at a Covid-19 testing centre after he revealed the identity of a convicted sex offender he was working with.
Michael Gill, who was convicted of trying to meet a child for sex, started the job at Durham city centre in October 2020.
The 26-year-old avoided prison for grooming what he thought was a 15-year-old schoolgirl via dating app Badoo.
Newcastle Crown Court heard Gill offered to bring "condoms and a blanket" to have sex with the girl back in March.
He worked alongside Nigel Tower, who discovered Gill's crime, and took to social media to vent his disgust, which cost him his first job in five years, ChronicleLive reports.
Furious Nigel has now been forced to apply for Universal Credit and questions have since been asked as to how Gill got the role while Nigel was dismissed.
Nigel’s former boss, Sodexo, said he was fired from the £24K-a-year job as the site’s operator, because he breached the company's social media policy.
He told ChronicleLive: “I'm absolutely fuming.
"I've lost my job and my income all for making it public that a sex offender was working there to staff who should have a right to know.”
Sodexo said it was “unaware” of Gill's crime when he was hired at the Territorial Lane testing centre and took immediate action.
A spokesman for the firm said: "We have informed Mr Gill that we will not be providing him with any further work."
According to Nigel, the sex offender was in his training group when they both started at the same time, roughly six months after Gill's arrest.
Nigel said: "He seemed alright at first, but it goes to show you don't know who you are working with."
Shortly after the pair started working, Nigel was horrified to learn Gill had been sentenced for attempting to meet an underage girl following sexual grooming.
He said: "When I read about it, I sat for a few days thinking about what to do, but I became more and more distressed and realised I had to tell someone.
"So I put a post on Facebook that I was devastated to be working alongside a convicted sex offender."
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He claims management caught wind of the post and demanded it be deleted. Nigel complied, despite being "shocked and disgusted" at Gill's crimes.
Nigel said: "I thought that was the end of the matter, but the next day (Monday), I got a phone call on my day off telling me that I'd brought the company into disrepute.
"I asked them how could I have brought the company into disrepute, when I'm the one who has been exposed to him?"
Nigel said his dismissal is a crushing blow, having been out of work for five years as he battled PTSD following years of service in the RAF.
He said he's even been kicked out of a work WhatsApp group after being "cut dead" from his former colleagues for blowing the whistle on Gill's crimes.
"This has totally shattered me, it really has," he said.
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