Surgeon pleads guilty to downloading and making thousands of indecent images of children
A surgeon at the Royal Stoke Hospital has pleaded guilty to downloading, making and viewing thousands of indecent images of children.
Cristian Bogdan, 42, a cardiothoracic surgeon at the hospital, pleaded guilty to the offences at Chester Crown Court today (25/4/2019).
The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) built a strong case against the married surgeon who lives in Congleton, leaving him with no option but to plead guilty.
The CPS authorised the charges based on a total of 13,096 still pictures and 2 videos depicting child sexual abuse. Computers at his home also contained 9742 child sex abuse cartoons.
He was charged with three counts of making indecent images of children, one count of possessing indecent photographs of children and one count of possessing prohibited images of children.
He pleaded guilty to all charges today at a Pre-Trial Preparation Hearing (PTPH) at Chester Crown Court. He will be sentenced on 24 May 2019.
Cristian Bogdan was arrested on 1 December 2017 at his home by officers from Cheshire Police’s Paedophile and Cyber Investigation Team. In a search of his home, officers found several devices storing thousands of indecent images of children.
Further investigation proved that he had actively searched for the images.
Initially Bogdan made no comment but on 9 January 2019 he went to Macclesfield Police Station with a prepared statement admitting downloading, viewing and searching for indecent images of children.
Damion Lloyd of CPS Mersey-Cheshire said: “At work Bogdan held down a difficult and respected job. At home he was searching for and downloading thousands of images of children being sexually abused.
“In interview he tried to downplay the amount of images he had, claiming he had downloaded them in bulk and deleted most of them, but it was clear that he was continually actively seeking out these images of abuse.
“He had no previous convictions and had a responsible job yet he risked all of that in the pursuit of these crimes. Sexual abuse has a dreadful impact on victims and the sexual abuse of children can affect them for the rest of their lives.
“To view the images of this abuse and to make such images is a crime and the Crown Prosecution Service, working with the police, will do all we can to bring the perpetrators to justice."
Notes to editors
- Damion Lloyd is a District Crown Prosecutor for CPS Mersey-Cheshire