South East Wales

Cardiff doctor sentenced for indecent images of children

Dr Armon Daniels Image copyright Wales Online
Image caption Armon Daniels is a GP at Rumney Primary Care Centre, in Cardiff

A Cardiff doctor who admitted possessing thousands of indecent images of children has been given a suspended prison sentence.

Armon Daniels, who was a GP at Rumney Primary Care Centre, had his computer seized when police searched his home.

More than 16,000 images of children and 850 video files were found on the computer and two USB sticks.

The 55-year-old was sentenced at Newport Crown Court to eight months in prison, suspended for two years.

A Sexual Harm Prevention Order and a notification requirement were also imposed, both for seven years.

Daniels had pleaded guilty at Newport Magistrates' Court to four offences of possessing indecent images, and had his case committed to the crown court for sentencing.

'Deeply disturbing'

The General Medical Council imposed an interim suspension order on him in July.

Catrin Evans, from the Crown Prosecution Service, said: "A significant number of images and videos of a sexual nature had been downloaded to the devices recovered.

"The public rightly expect the highest standards of conduct from medical professionals and by committing these criminal offences, through viewing indecent images of children, Armon Daniels has not upheld those standards."

A spokesman for NSPCC Wales said the children in the images were victims of horrific abuse and "the significant catalogue found on Daniels' computer is deeply disturbing".

He said: "By downloading this material he has betrayed a position of trust within the community and helped to fuel a vile online market.

"Authorities and internet providers must work together to tackle this industry and halt the trade of these sickening images.

"It is now important that Daniels receives appropriate treatment to lessen the risk of further offending."

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