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Doctor had 'sickening' child porn

A Teesside doctor who downloaded more than 1,300 child porn images, including scenes of torture, has been jailed.

Police found the "sickening" images on the laptop of James Taylor, 31, from Wensleydale Gardens, Thornaby.

The doctor, who worked at Pinderfields Hospital in Wakefield, earlier admitted making indecent images of children.

Taylor was sentenced to a year and a day in prison by a judge at Teesside Crown Court on Friday and was banned from working with children for life.

The court heard how he paid 80 US dollars to download images from two child porn sites.

Detectives from the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre found out and first raided his home on Teesside, then arrested him at Pinderfields.

Staged scenes

Paul Newcombe, prosecuting, said police found a total of 1,347 indecent images of children hidden on the laptop, including 94 so-called "level five" images - the most serious grade.

He said: "These images include some of the most explicit, degrading and sickening photographs, with children as young as eight in staged scenes of torture."

The court was told Taylor initially denied being responsible, but later admitted, during police interviews, that he had downloaded the images.

Stephen Rich, defending, told Judge George Moorhouse that Taylor's wife and newborn baby had left him and that his life had collapsed.

Last month Taylor admitted 16 counts of making indecent images of children and one count of possessing them between July 2007 and January 2009.

Ordering Taylor to sign the Sex Offenders Register for 10 years, the judge said: "As a result of this conviction no doubt your career will come to an end.

"It is very sad, not only for you, but for your family."

After the hearing, a spokeswoman for the The Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust said Taylor no longer worked at the trust.

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