Doctor jailed for secretly photographing and recording female patients

|News, Sexual offences

A doctor who was found with more than 19,000 images and videos of women patients taken in his surgery has been jailed for 14 months.

Thair Altaii secretly filmed and photographed the patients during medical consultations over a number of years at his Sunderland surgery.

He was convicted of three counts of voyeurism between 2008 and 2014 at Newcastle Crown Court last month. He was jailed at the same court today, 14 August.

The offending was uncovered when one of his victims contacted police after she noticed two mobile phones propped up in Altaii’s consultation room. These were later seized. Many of the photos showed female patients in various stages of undress. Videos of patients being examined were also uncovered.  

Gary Buckley of the CPS said:

“Thair Altaii’s gravely abused his position of trust. He secretly recorded his patients in an environment where they rightly expected confidentially, capturing images of them without their consent.  

“When confronted with a weight of evidence against him, Thair Altaii claimed he was filming and photographing patients for training and self-assessment purposes.  

“However, the CPS worked with police to build a strong case which proved the images were of a sexual nature, taken by Altaii in the pursuit of his own sexual gratification.”  


Notes to editors

  • Gary Buckley is a District Crown Prosecutor with CPS North East
  • Thair Altaii (23/03/1963) was convicted of three counts of voyeurism after trial on 20 July 2018
  • He was convicted to 14 months’ imprisonment on each of the 3 counts to run concurrently

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