Doctor who viewed child abuse images ‘as a stress buster’ spared jail

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Dr Richard Johnson had greater than 300 class A images depicting the worst form of sexual abuse (Picture: Ben Lack Photography)

A hospital marketing consultant discovered with greater than 54,000 indecent images of kids was spared jail after claiming he solely viewed them to fight stress at work.

Dr Richard Johnson, 54, was a extremely regarded intensive care unit anaesthetist and scout chief till he mistakenly uploaded one of many photographs onto a social media website.

A subsequent police probe uncovered the married physician’s haul of sexual images saved throughout 4 units.

More than 300 of the images had been class A – the worst potential examples of child abuse.

Johnson, from Halifax in West Yorkshire, admitted to police that he viewed the images ‘on a daily basis’, including: ‘I use it almost as a stress buster, not a sexual matter, but to get a buzz and release anxiety.’



He admitted 10 offences of possessing indecent images of kids at Bradford Crown and was handed a six-month jail sentence, suspended for 2 years.

The medic was additionally ordered to finish 250 hours’ unpaid work, pay £500 prices, forfeit his computer systems, signal the intercourse offenders register and made topic to a five-year sexual hurt prevention order.

Prosecutor David Bradshaw defined that Johnson had 335 class A images – of which 69 had been movies – in addition to 344 class B images and 53,366 classed as class C.

When interviewed, the courtroom heard Johnson advised police: ‘I accept that I have had a major problem with pornography, to the point I would class it as an addiction.’

Defending, Gerald Hendron advised the courtroom: ‘He had been under tremendous work pressure and he used pornography as a release.’

Johnson was, he added, ‘deeply and thoroughly ashamed of what he did’.

The decide was advised Johnson had attended programs with the Lucy Faithful Foundation, an organisation devoted to stopping child sexual abuse.

He was additionally mentioned to have helped construct hospitals for the poor in Uganda, Peru and Nepal in addition to served as a scout chief alongside his spouse of 28 years in Halifax.

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Recorder Jeremy Hill-Baker advised Johnson: ‘The offence of possessing indecent images of kids could also be regarded by some as a victimless crime. That is a fully flawed strategy.



‘Each and each picture is of a actual human child being abused, and if there was not the demand for images of that sort, it’s possible there can be much less actual abuse.

‘You are an intelligent man with a high level of professional qualifications, and that in itself does not protect you from the lawful consequences of your criminal behaviour.’

David Birkenhead, medical director of the Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust the place Johnson stepped down from, mentioned: ‘As quickly because the matter was reported to us he was excluded from work and the GMC was alerted.

‘He no longer works for us. Whilst the allegations wholly relate to conduct outside work, the Trust also held its own internal investigation which found no evidence of misconduct or misuse of IT equipment within the workplace.’