Mr David S Hall (RA32365) has been struck off the HCPC Register on the grounds of conviction whilst registered as a radiographer.
A panel of the HCPTS heard that police received information that an indecent image of a child had been uploaded to the internet. As a result, on 16 January 2017, police officers executed a search warrant at David S Hall’s home and recovered a laptop.
Examination of the laptop revealed that it contained 68 indecent images of children (seven Category A; 11 Category B and 50 Category C) and five uncategorised images. David S Hall was arrested and interviewed by police. He accepted that he was responsible for the images on the laptop and stated that he had been drawn to pornography since the internet started; initially adult pornography, but it then escalated.
The Panel further heard that David S Hall stated to police that he downloaded and viewed the images when he was drunk and deleted them when he was sober. He told the police that he knew when he was sober what he was doing was wrong, but it had become a habit which he could not stop.
In his police interview David S Hall accepted that he had been looking at images for about eight years, although the offences only relate to the period between 2013 and early 2017. He was charged with three offences of making indecent images of children and one offence of possessing indecent images of children.
On 11 September 2017, at Lincoln Magistrates’ Court, David S Hall pleaded guilty to the four offences and was committed for sentence to the Crown Court. On 6 October 2017, he was sentenced to eight months imprisonment suspended for 12 months concurrent, and was required to undertake a rehabilitation activity requirement for a maximum of 60 days. In addition, he was also subject to the Sex Offender Notification Requirements for a period of ten years, and a Sexual Harm Prevention Order for five years.
Panel Chair, Graham Aitken, commented:
“The criminal conviction in this case concerns the making and possession of indecent photographs of children. Such offences involve the exploitation, victimisation and re-victimisation of children. The number and type of offences indicates a systematic course of conduct. They are very serious offences.
“Apart from the fact that he pleaded guilty, the Panel is not aware of any mitigation offered on his behalf. The Panel has no evidence of insight or remorse or that he has addressed the underlying causes of his conduct in any way. In the circumstances, there is likely to be a significant risk of repetition. In the circumstances, a Striking Off Order is the only sanction which is sufficient to protect the public and maintain confidence in the profession and the regulatory process.”
The Panel ordered for the name of David S Hall to be struck off the HCPC Register.
David S Hall was neither present nor represented at the hearing.
Notes to editors
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