May 2009

Royal Liverpool Hospital man had indecent images of children

A FORMER Royal Liverpool University Hospital worker who took child abuse images into work has walked free from court.

Married dad-of-two Stuart Dunn, 45, was caught after he connected an external hard drive containing obscene images to the hospital’s computer system

It contained indecent images of young children, including 19 ranked in the second most graphic category of abuse, and one obscene movie.

Judge William George spared Dunn prison, but told him his behaviour had been a “gross breach of trust”.

Suspending a nine-month prison sentence for two years, he said: “It is a pernicious, vile trade, which cannot be tolerated.”

Judge George told Dunn, who was supported by his paediatric nurse wife in court, that both his social and “family conscience” should have stopped him ever looking at such pictures.

He added: “Some innocent, impressionable person by accident could have accessed these pictures, that is why I say it was a gross breach of trust.”

Claire Jones, prosecuting, told the court IT staff at the hospital became aware of a suspect device being plugged into computers.

An investigation was undertaken and on April 10, 2007, an IT manager eventually managed to trace the device and the username to Dunn.

Police were called and Dunn, who worked in the reprographics department, was arrested at the hospital and the device removed.

Dunn, of Leasowe Road, Moreton, told police he had searched for images under the word “teen”, but had been looking for older girls.

But he admitted having an “interest” in incest abuse.

Dunn pleaded guilty to 10 charges of making indecent photographs of a child.

Gary Lesin-Davis, defending, told the court Dunn, who had no previous convictions, had only intended to listen to music on the hard drive at work.

He added: “It was an administrative role and he had no patient involve- ment.”

Judge George placed Dunn under two years supervision and ordered him to attend a sex offenders’ programme. He was also placed on a sexual offenders’ prevention order for five years and ordered to sign the sex offenders’ register.