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Doctor admits child porn charges
Exeter Magistrates' Court
Andrew Morris appeared before Exeter magistrates
An anaesthetist from a Devon hospital has admitted nine charges of possessing child pornography.

Dr Andrew Morris, 40, from Exmouth, who worked at the Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital, appeared before Exeter magistrates on Tuesday and was bailed until next month when he will be sentenced.

He was arrested as part of the Operation Ore crackdown, which has led to the arrests of more than 1,600 people in connection with child pornography.

He has resigned from the hospital where he worked.

It is extremely unlikely that he would have examined children unaccompanied
Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital NHS Trust
Morris was arrested at his home over an allegation he had paid to have internet access to a child pornography website which was operating in the United States.

Police seized the anaesthetist's computer and discovered about 200 indecent images on it. They also seized other computer equipment and discs for analysis.

Eight images were put before the court as specimen charges.

Work reviewed

Prosecutor Ann Reddrop said there was no suggestion of distribution by Morris, who had no previous convictions.

The Royal Devon and Exeter Hospital NHS Trust said that he was suspended from work as soon as it was known that a police investigation had started.

A trust spokesman said: "We have carefully reviewed his work and conclude it is extremely unlikely that he would have examined children unaccompanied by a nurse or adult."

The hearing was adjourned until 10 April for pre-sentence reports.

Morris was remanded on bail.


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