Struck off: Doc who downloaded 1,000 porn pics, including child abuse images

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A DISGRACED doctor spared jail after downloading more than 1,000 sick images including child abuse has been struck off the medical register.

Kenneth Pollard was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for two years after admitting possessing illegal material at Newcastle Crown Court in June.

Police raided the 60-year-old’s home in Marsden Lane, Cleadon, last May, with Pollard pointing out his laptop to officers and confessing to downloading illegal pornographic images.

The court heard he told police: “I like that sort of thing. I have been doing it for about three years.”

This week Pollard, now living in Merseyside, was erased from the medical register after a fitness-to-practise hearing held by the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service in Manchester.

The panel found that his ability to practise was impaired by his conviction.

Dr Nigel Callaghan, chairman of the hearing panel, said: “The panel has concluded that the serious offences which led to your conviction have undermined the trust that the public places in doctors and the medical profession.

“The panel considers that the public’s confidence in the profession, and the General Medical Council as its regulator, would be seriously damaged should a finding of impairment not be made.

“Bob Sastry, counsel for the GMC, submitted that the appropriate sanction in your case is erasure. He submitted that you had breached fundamental tenets of the profession, had brought the profession into disrepute and that you had undoubtedly undermined public confidence in the profession.”

Pollard told the panel that he was “profoundly sorry” for his actions and the damage it had done to the profession.

Dr Callaghan concluded: “The panel has determined to direct that your name be erased from the Medical Register.

“In the light of all the evidence presented to it, it is satisfied that erasure is a proportionate sanction in his case.”

Pollard has 28 days to appeal against the verdict.

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