Former doctor admits indecent images of children charges

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Former doctor admits indecent images of children charges

A former Peterborough doctor has pleaded guilty to seven charges relating to indecent images.

Dr Michael Kennedy, 52, was arrested on March 17 this year (2016) after police received information from an internet provider that internet at an address in Peakirk, near Peterborough, was being used to download indecent images of children.

The address in St Pegas Road was identified as being that of Dr Michael Kennedy; a practicing doctor at Millfield Medical Centre in Peterborough.

A warrant was carried out Dr Kennedy’s home address where he made admissions to possessing the images, as suspected. He was arrested and a number of electronic devices were seized.

In total, more than 80 electronic devices have been examined which uncovered more than 800,000 indecent images.

Following his arrest he was suspended from practising by the General Medical Council (GMC).

Yesterday (Wednesday, August 10), Dr Kennedy appeared at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to one count of making category A indecent images of children, one count of making category B indecent images of children, one count of making category C indecent images of children, one count of possessing prohibited images of children, and three counts of possessing extreme pornographic images.

Of the indecent images of children, 2,002 were deemed to be category A, 6,737 category B and 839,349 category C – category A being the worst. There were 43 prohibited images of children, and a total of 478 extreme pornographic images in Dr Kennedy’s possession.

Detective Sergeant James Weston, from the Paedophile Online Investigation Team (POLIT), said: “While there was no evidence of any contact offending, nor first-generation images; ones which Dr Kennedy had taken himself, or offending against any of his patients, it is clear from what was uncovered that Dr Kennedy has an unhealthy interest in indecent images of children and extreme pornography.”

Anyone with concerns is advised to contact the NSPCC via their helpline which has been set up for this investigation; call 0808 800 5000 or email help@nspcc.org.uk.

Sentencing will be at Peterborough Crown Court at a later date which is yet to be confirmed.

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