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Last Updated: Friday, 13 June, 2003, 15:58 GMT 16:58 UK
Child porn doctor struck off
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A doctor convicted of handling child pornography has been struck off the medical register.

Roger Pepin, 37, from Burlington Road, Bristol, was jailed for four months in February at Bristol Crown Court.

He had admitted 22 counts of making an indecent photograph or pseudo-photograph of a child.

On Friday he was struck off the medical register by the professional conduct committee of the General Medical Council in London.

Giving its decision, committee chairman Dr Nigel Hester said it was the only option because of the seriousness of the offence.

Serious offence

"The public are entitled to expect that a registered medical practitioner will conduct himself or herself in a professional manner, even when the doctor's actions do not directly affect the patients," he said.

Dr Hester quoted Lord Bingham, Master of the Rolls, who said in 2001: "The reputation of the profession is more important than the fortunes of any individual member."

The committee chairman said unless Pepin - who was not at today's hearing - decided to appeal, he would be struck off in 28 days.

"His actions in accessing child pornography were fundamentally incompatible with being a registered medical practitioner," Dr Hester said.

"In view of the gravity of the charge, (the committee) consider it is necessary and proportionate for the protection of the public to suspend his registration immediately."


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