'A paedophile doctor who worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital (Gosh) has been spared an immediate prison sentence over indecent images of children.
Paediatrician Ralph Harper, 31, downloaded dozens of videos showing children as young as eight being raped and sexually abused.
Prosecutors said it was “particularly worrying” that he committed the offences while working with ill and vulnerable children as a junior doctor.
“The images found on Harper’s personal laptop were of children aged between eight and 14 years old, and included 21 category A moving images – the most serious kind,” the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.
“There were also nine category B moving images and six category C moving images.”
Harper was arrested in November after a police investigation discovered that illegal images were being downloaded at his home address in Stratford, east London.
He pleaded guilty to making indecent photographs of a child at Snaresbrook Crown Court.
A judge handed him an eight-month jail term on Wednesday but suspended it for 16 months, meaning Harper will not go to prison unless he commits further offences or violates his licence conditions.
He was also put on the sex offenders’ register and handed a sexual harm prevention order.
Olivia Ball, from the CPS, said: “Harper broke the law by downloading illegal images of children. As a qualified junior doctor in the paediatric sphere, his conduct was particularly worrying.
“He will now have to accept the consequences of his actions in regards to future employment in the medical profession.'
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