August 2017

Doctor had 16,000 indecent images of children

A doctor who worked as a GP for nearly 30 years was found to have more than 16,000 indecent images of children on his laptop.

Dr Armon Daniels, 55, who worked at Rumney Primary Care Centre in Cardiff, was spared an immediate prison sentence after he pleaded guilty to four counts of possessing indecent images.

Sentencing at Newport Crown Court, Judge Thomas Crowther QC described the number of images found on the defendant’s computer as “astonishing”.

The court heard police searched his home in Cyncoed, Cardiff, at 7am on January 19 after receiving intelligence that his IP address had been used to access indecent images.

Robert Goodwin, prosecuting, said he told an officer: “Yes, it’s me. It’s on my laptop. I’ve deleted it now.”

Police seized his laptop and two USB sticks, which were found to contain 16,168 Class C still images and 847 Class C moving images.

The devices were also found to have 106 of the more serious Class B still images and 12 Class B videos.

Prosecutors said Class C images show children in sexual poses, while Class B images show children engaging in sexual activity.

Mr Goodwin said some of the images had been viewed recently, some more than once, a number deleted and others not viewed at all.

Daniels, of Cyncoed Road, was interviewed twice and replied “no comment” to all questions.

Judge Crowther noted the “sheer number” of images involved.

He told the defendant: “That occupation will be lost to you. It is difficult to see how you could have the confidence of any parent to treat their child.”

The judge added: “You have brought embarrassment and shame to yourself and to your family.

“It should not be a surprise to you to realise that each of those children is a real child.”

Daniels was sent to prison for eight months but this was suspended for two years. He was also ordered to complete 20 days of rehabilitation activity, plus 120 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Crowther also imposed a Sexual Harm Prevention Order.

Daniels must pay £500 towards prosecution costs, as well as a victim surcharge.

Judge Crowther told him his file would be sent to the Fitness To Practice Committee of the General Medical Council.