Children’s doctor sentenced for downloading indecent images of children

|News, Sexual offences

A paediatric doctor who downloaded 36 indecent images of children has been sentenced.

Ralph Harper, 31, was sentenced to eight months in jail, suspended for 16 months, yesterday (Wednesday, 3 April) at Snaresbrook Crown Court. He was also put on the sex offenders register and handed a sexual harm prevention order. Harper had pleaded guilty to three counts of making indecent photographs of a child at an earlier court hearing.

The images found on Harper's personal laptop were of children aged between eight and fourteen years old, and included 21 Category A moving images - the most serious kind. There were also nine Category B moving images and six Category C moving images.

Olivia Ball, from the CPS, said: "Ralph Harper broke the law by downloading illegal images of children. As a qualified junior doctor in the paediatric sphere his conduct was particularly worrying.

"He will now have to accept the consequences of his actions in regards to future employment in the medical profession.

"The CPS will continue to work with the police and other partners to prosecute those who fuel the sexual exploitation of children in this way."

Harper was arrested in November 2018 after a police investigation found illegal images were being downloaded from his home address.

Notes to editors

  • Ralph Harper (D.O.B: 31/05/1987) is from Stratford in the London borough of Newham.
  • Olivia Ball is a Senior Crown Prosecutor within the Rape and Serious Sexual Offences unit in CPS London North.

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