Scout leader who sexually abused drunk boys, jailed for 14 yrs after victim spotted him posing with children in local paper… Doctors still practicing despite convictions for child porn.

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Scout Masters, School Teachers, Social Workers, Politicians and Pop Stars… WTF is it all about people?

 

Disturbing: Nick Thorpe, 48, was caught after one of his victims, then in his 30s, saw this picture of him in the newspaper posing with young boys. The picture was taken well after the abuse occurred

A paedophile Scout leader who invited boys to his home before plying them with alcohol and sexually abusing them was caught after a victim saw him posing with children in a local paper.

Married Nick Thorpe, 48, was jailed for 14 years at Portsmouth Crown Court for preying on members of the group between 1996 and 2005.

He was caught when one victim – now in his 30s – saw this photo of the pervert surrounded by young Scouts in newspaper, Portsmouth News, and reported him to the police.

Judge Roger Hetherington gave Thorpe 13 years for these crimes in March, when he was convicted of three counts of rape, one of assault, one of indecent assault and one of gross indecency.Following the trial, two further victims came forward alleging that they too had been abused by him as children.

Pervert: The married man was jailed for 14 years after his first conviction prompted two more victims to come forwardPervert: The married man was jailed for 14 years after his first conviction prompted two more victims to come forward

Thorpe, from Portsmouth, Hants, was then convicted of an additional two counts of gross indecency with a child and one count of indecent assault.

He was sentenced to a further three years for these offences, two of which will run concurrently and one consecutively, taking the time he is due to serve to 14 years.

The Scout master of 27 years was also made to sign the Sex Offenders Register.

PC Owen Woods, from Hampshire Constabulary, said: ‘I would like to acknowledge the extreme courage displayed by the victims in this case.

‘They have shown extreme courage in coming forward and speaking out about the very traumatic offences committed against them.

‘They have also been brave in going to court and giving evidence.

‘Without their commitment and support this conviction would not have been possible.

‘Nicholas Thorpe has now been convicted by a jury for the second time this year in relation to sexual offences he has committed against child Scouts in his care.

‘This is an abhorrent abuse of power and position by a man who was trusted by parents to look after their children.
Nearly 1,000 doctors could still be practising despite convictions for possessing child porn and drug trafficking 

Conviction: Dr Benjamin Obukofe (left) was convicted of two sexual assaults

Hundreds of doctors convicted of serious crimes – including obtaining  indecent images of children – have been allowed to  continue to practise, it has emerged.

A total of 927 have kept their jobs despite being found guilty of offences including trafficking drugs, kerb crawling and causing death by  dangerous driving.

And thousands of patients have been kept in the dark about their doctor’s serious convictions.

It is believed that some of the medics who have not been struck off the professional register after being found guilty of downloading child pornography are still treating minors.

But the General Medical Council says that it cannot automatically strike off those on the sex offenders’ register in case doing so breaches their human rights

The figures obtained under the Freedom of Information Act also reveal that none of the physicians’ patients has been informed about their convictions.

It found 25 had been convicted of actual bodily harm and three for grievous bodily harm.

Three doctors were found with indecent images of children, two of causing death by dangerous driving and two of trafficking drugs.

 

 

Patients are not being told about the disgraced physicians, surgeons and GPs, who are still working in surgeries and hospitals across the country (file photo)Patients are not being told about the disgraced physicians, surgeons and GPs, who are still working in surgeries and hospitals across the country (file photo)

Another two have convictions for cruelty to children, nine for attacking their partners, five for harassment and two for possessing offensive weapons.

A doctor made threats to kill, another was found guilty of  perverting the course of justice and five were guilty of fraud.

A further eight medics were convicted of kerb crawling.  Some of them had more than  one conviction.

 

The largest number – 296 – was for drink-driving offences.
Some 182 have been convicted of dangerous driving.

Critics yesterday said that patients should be told if their GP or surgeon has been convicted of a serious crime. Roger Gross, of Patient Concern, said: ‘Patients should be made aware if their doctor is found guilty of serious criminal offences that could affect their care and be allowed to make up their own minds if they want to risk being treated by them.

‘The problem is that the GMC  is funded by doctors while  their prime duty is to protect patients – but these two things often come into conflict.’

Dr Benjamin Obukofe was found guilty by a court last year of sexually assaulting two colleagues, including a girl of 17, at Spire Hospital in Leicestershire.

Suspension: Sudhakar Siriama was allowed to carry on working despite squeezing the breast of a junior member of staff at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham

Suspension: Sudhakar Siriama was allowed to carry on working despite squeezing the breast of a junior member of staff at Castle Hill Hospital in Cottingham

Although the married father was given a suspended sentence and put on the sex offenders’  register, he was not struck off and will be free to work next year.

The GMC ruled that although his convictions were ‘serious’ they were not deemed to be ‘fundamentally incompatible’ with continuing to practise medicine.

Under the law, doctors have  to be examined by the GMC  after receiving a caution or conviction.

However, in many cases the watchdog allows them to continue to practise while it issues them with a warning or temporary suspension.

The GMC has no access to the sex offenders’ register and relies upon the police to inform its officials of court sentences.

It said that it looked at applying an automatic ban for medics on the sex offenders’ register, but decided against the move after legal advice said it might breach their human rights.

Individual NHS trusts are free to take their own action against convicted doctors.

Health chiefs at the GMC said they were still looking for a way to impose an automatic ban on sex offenders.

Niall Dickson, chief executive of the General Medical Council, said: ‘Our job is to protect patients by ensuring that only doctors who are fit to practise are able to do so.

‘The number of licensed doctors with criminal convictions is extremely small and in the vast majority of cases these are either subject to restrictions on their practice or struck off.’

CRIMES COMMITTED BY OUR DOCTORS

Possession of indecent photo of child 2

Take or make indecent image of child 1

Criminal damage 4

Dangerous driving (not drink) 182

Driving under the influence of drink 296

Driving under the influence of drugs 4

Failing to provide a specimen for analysis 25

Possession of controlled drugs 15

Trafficking of controlled drugs 2

Driving without tax/insurance 71

Failing to disclose 18

Forgery 24

Fraud 5

Causing death by dangerous/careless driving 2

Health and safety offences 2

Other notable offences 23

Perjury 1

Perverting the course of justice 1

Protection from eviction 1

Soliciting for the purpose of prostitution 8

Concealing the truth 2

Handling stolen goods 1

Theft 9

Theft employee 2

Actual bodily harm 25

Cruelty or neglect of children 2

Domestic violence 9

Grievous bodily harm 3

Harassment 5

Other offences against the state or public order 8

Possession of dangerous weapons 2

Threats to kill 1

Pre 2008 convictions not categorised 257

Source: Daily Mirror

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