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Junior doctor who was convicted of downloading child pornography is struck off

BMJ 2020; 368 doi: (Published 24 January 2020) Cite this as: BMJ 2020;368:m307
  1. Clare Dyer
  1. The BMJ

A junior doctor who worked in paediatrics before his arrest and conviction for downloading child pornography has been struck off the UK medical register.

Ralph Harper, 32, pleaded guilty last March to multiple charges of making indecent photographs. He admitted downloading 36 videos involving children, of which 21 were in the most serious “A” category, which specifies penetrative sex, bestiality, or sadism.

He was sentenced last April at Snaresbrook Crown Court, northeast London, to eight months imprisonment, suspended for 16 months.1 He was also placed on the sex …

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