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No jail time for radiologist caught with 50,000 images of child porn.

Below is another example of the New Zealand justice system’s liberal attitude towards the exploitation of children by so-called “respected” members of society.

Radiologist’s ‘voyeuristic’ offending saddens judge.

A Wellington judge has told a doctor appearing on child exploitation charges that he was “extremely sad” to sentence him because there was a worldwide shortage in his profession. Wellington trainee radiologist Andrew Jeremy Dunkley, 35, was sentenced in Wellington District Court yesterday on six charges of possessing objectionable publications after police discovered 50,000 images on his computer.

Dunkley’s house was raided in September and his computer seized after a tip-off that resulted from an international police operation. Crown prosecutor Alice McCobbin-Howell said Dunkley had admitted to police that he had been accessing images of children on the internet for the past 10 years. The international investigation had led to three children in Britain being identified and removed from sexually abusive homes, she said.

“The children depicted in the images are real children and this is not victimless offending.” Defence lawyer Greg King said the 50,000 images had not been downloaded and stored but accumulated on the computer’s cache after visiting websites. The images were at the low end of the scale and involved children aged between 10 and 15 rather than prepubescent girls, he said.

Before his arrest, Dunkley, who had six weeks left until he became a consultant, had planned to move to Adelaide with his pregnant wife and young child. He felt “shame and remorse” and would have to work extremely hard to have a chance to work in his profession again, Mr King said. Judge Bruce Davidson said Dunkley had dealt with the situation since his arrest “professionally and responsibly” by telling his employer and pre-enrolling in a rehabilitation programme.

Dunkley’s offending had been described by his psychologist as “voyeuristic” with little chance of his behaviour escalating. He hoped Dunkley could retain a position within radiology. “I find the fact that I have to sentence you incredibly sad … you were about to be made a consultant in an area of medical speciality that there is a New Zealand and worldwide shortage for.”

He sentenced Dunkley to 160 hours’ community work and 180 hours’ intensive supervision. Acting Detective Senior Sergeant Barry Bysouth, of the Wellington district Child Protection Team, said Dunkley was a perfect example of the crime that was spread over the socio-economic spectrum. “He was in a position of trust, he wasn’t someone you’d look at twice that may be involved in that type of behaviour.”

The Child Protection Team preferred to use the term “child exploitation” rather than “pornography” because pornography normalised nudity while exploitation was about victims of child sexual abuse, he said. Capital & Coast District Health Board acting chief executive Shaun Drummond said Dunkley was fired after his arrest. Dunkley is still registered as a doctor but Medical Council spokesman George Symmes said it could change after a disciplinary process.

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  1. Sharon
    February 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Horrible to read the judge trivialising such a crime. This was an intelligent man who knew exactly how to respond when he finally got caught. This is appalling and the punishment should have fit the crime. Perhaps the police should investigate the judge who seems to think this is acceptable?

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