A male nurse who sexually assaulted a post-op patient and secretly recorded videos of colleagues getting undressed at a Melbourne hospital has been jailed.
Sean Farrow admitted to installing hidden cameras in the toilet cubicle and a female change room at the Monash House Private Hospital in January 2019.
The registered nurse also admitted to sexually assaulting a female patient who was recovering in the post-operative ward where he worked.
"You have betrayed their trust in the most egregious fashion. You used your position to take advantage of people at their most vulnerable," magistrate Simon Zebrowski told the man while jailing him for six months.
The 52-year-old told police during an interview he "feigned shock and horror" about the discovery of the cameras, court documents show.
The magistrate said the offending was not spur of the moment and was planned, sophisticated and calculated.
"This was done solely for the purpose of your own sexual gratification," Mr Zebrowski told Melbourne Magistrates Court on Thursday.
He called the acts an extraordinary breach of trust.
"You've also betrayed your profession as a nurse and every man who has trained to be a nurse, in particular," he said.
The behaviour came to light when an employee found the camera on the floor of the toilet cubicle in January.
Police searched the devices and found video footage of Farrow setting up the camera.
They also found other videos of his victims getting changed and one of a woman using a toilet.
The post-operative patient was assaulted as he moved her thighs apart to "get a better image" of her genitals.
When asked about his motivation Farrow told police: "I had that hiding in plain sight thing. Can I do it? Is it noticeable?"
Farrow's lawyer argued he should avoid jail because of his remorse, loss of reputation and loss of career.
He said Farrow was ashamed of his offending and admitted his guilt.
But this argument was rejected.
Farrow pleaded guilty to five counts of installing a surveillance device and one count of sexual assault.
He was sentenced to six months in prison and placed on an 18-month community corrections order.