A Black Country male nurse accused of accessing an obscene image so shocking it made a female colleague "sick to her stomach" has been found guilty by a disciplinary panel.
Dennis Griffiths, 32, of Kingswinford, insisted that clicking on the image on his work computer had been accidental.
But a female colleague was so shocked after inadvertently seeing the same image she eventually needed counselling, a Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) panel heard.
The male nurse had argued the image, which he was said to have found "funny", was neither obscene nor indecent.
He was working for the Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust at Russells Hall Hospital when the incident occurred in July 2007. He was suspended and eventually dismissed from his job with the trust. An expert was brought in to remove the image.
An NMC conduct and competence committee in Cardiff began hearing evidence in the case on Monday. Mr Griffiths denied accessing an obscene and/or indecent image on a trust computer within the hospital ward where he worked.
He also denied failing to take appropriate action to protect colleagues, visitors and patients being exposed to the image. The NMC disciplinary panel found him guilty of both allegations on Thursday.
An allegation that Mr Griffiths caused the image to be seen by a colleague named Sarah Worthington was also found to be proved. He had already admitted three linked charges that he switched off his computer without removing the image then failed to notify either his IT department or manager of it. But an allegation that he showed the image to colleague Nicola Plant was found to be unproved.
After the NMC findings, the panel retired to review the case evidence and decide what action to take. The three-person panel will consider whether the facts of the case amount to misconduct on the part of Mr Griffiths.
If they rule that it does they must then decide whether his fitness to practice as a registered nurse has been impaired.