SA doctor jailed in UK over indecent photos

2013-09-11 12:26

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Johannesburg - A South African doctor practising in Britain has been jailed for six years for taking indecent photographs of his patients, The Daily Mail reported on Wednesday.

Half a million pornographic images were found on a computer belonging to Dr Barend Delport, 55, who is originally from Kroonstad in the Free State. Another 5 500 images of children, some of them his patients, were also recovered.

He pleaded guilty to 26 sexual offences in the Maidstone Crown Court, including indecent assault on women and children, and possession and creation of indecent images of children.

Delport was sentenced to six years imprisonment on Monday.

He got patients to sign forms of consent to be photographed, claiming the purpose was to illustrate midwives' poor practises. In other cases he claimed to be a dermatologist, or to be taking the pictures for training purposes.

Judge Philip Statmen said it was "difficult to imagine a greater breach of trust".

Delport qualified as a doctor at the University of Pretoria in 1981, and registered as a general practitioner in the United Kingdom in 1992. He practised in Swanley, Kent.

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