May 2016

Paedophile Doctor permanently struck off


A clinical Psychologist who was based at Whiston Hospital in Merseyside has been permanently banned from practicing professionally after he was found guilty of possessing vile images of young children being raped by adults.

Dr. Kampadi Okpa, 60, of Chorlton – Manchester was given a three year community order in April last year, after over 4,000 sickening images of youngsters were found on his laptop.

On 29 April 2015 at Manchester and Salford Magistrates’ Court Okpa was convicted of sixteen counts of making an indecent photograph of a child contrary to sections 1(1)(a) and 6 of the Protection of Children Act 1978.

On 7 October 2014, police officers executed a search warrant at Okpa’s home and recovered a computer, and other electronic devices, all of which were forensically examined.

A total of 4,310 indecent images of children were recovered from the devices, of which 887 fell into the most serious categorization of images involving penetrative sexual activity by adults on children. Some of the children in the images were as young as seven.

On 27 May 2015, Okpa was sentenced to a 3 year Community Order with two requirements. The first requirement was a 3 year period of supervision. The second requirement was to attend the Northumbria Sex Offender Treatment Programme as directed by the probation officer.

In addition he was also subject to the Sex Offender Notification Requirements for a period of 5 years, and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order, the duration being until further order.

For official details on the hearing click this link 

In all the circumstances, the Panel was of the view that the nature and gravity of the convictions were such that any lesser sanction would not provide the necessary level of public protection.

It was also of the view that any lesser sanction would undermine public  confidence in the profession and the regulatory process. In the Panel’s view, the public needs to be reassured that when it consults a Practitioner Psychologist, it is able to fully trust in that professional, both from a clinical perspective and from the perspective of their personal conduct and integrity.

31. Whilst the Panel was mindful that the effect of an Order for Strike Off would prevent the Registrant from working as a registered Practitioner Psychologist, the Panel considered that this was the only appropriate and proportionate Order in this case, given the need to protect the public and to uphold the reputation of the profession and the HCPC as its regulator.