Radiographer is struck off after eight-year stash of child abuse images is discovered
PUBLISHED: 08:41 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 08:41 27 February 2017
A Weston-super-Mare radiographer has been banned from his profession after more than 700,000 images and videos of child abuse were found stashed away on his computer.
Christopher Daldorph worked at Weston General Hospital before being sentenced to 28 months in prison in 2015 for possessing the depraved footage.
Daldorph, of West Wick, previously admitted downloading 720,000 images of child sexual abuse and 6,700 sexually explicit videos involving children. Some 5,000 of these images were said to be in category A – the worst kind of abuse – while other images included sex with an animal.
Although Daldorph is still behind bars, a panel of the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) – which regulates radiographers – met this month to strike him from the register, ensuring he will not be able to return to work after his release.
A report into the hearing said Daldorph, who was aged 45 when convicted, admitted to police he downloaded and read a document about how to seduce children, but also said he had no desire to sexually abuse a child in person.
The report said: “Daldorph admitted (in a police interview) to being addicted to pornography since he was aged 16 and to downloading images of very young girls.
“He had been downloading child abuse images for seven or eight years. He said he knew he was a paedophile because he looked at these images, but he had never acted on these feelings ‘in real life’.”
A spokesman from Weston Area Health NHS Trust, which runs the hospital in Grange Road, said the Trust fully supported the HCPC’s decision to remove Daldorph from the professional radiographers’ register.
The spokesman also said Daldorph was immediately suspended once the Trust was notified of his arrest and was later dismissed after an investigation.
There is no evidence that Daldorph viewed the images at work.
Panel chairman, Professor Ian Hughes, ruled the nature and gravity of Daldorph’s offences had damaged confidence in the profession.
After voting to strike Daldorph’s name from the register, he added: “The public would be astounded if Daldorph’s fitness to practise was found not to be impaired.”