Trainee optician barred from practising after found guilty of child porn
A STUDENT optician from Bucks who was jailed for downloading sickening child porn has now also had his career dreams officially derailed.
Thomas Arthur Evans, from Milton Keynes, who was training to be a dispensing optician, was jailed for 16 months at Aylesbury Crown Court in June.
Evans, from Stantonbury, was arrested in February last year after Thames Valley Police seized his laptop and external hardrive.
The General Optical Council’s Fitness to Practise Committee noted some of the material involved “serious sexual abuse of very young children”.
Committee chairman, Ian Crookall, said: “The child pornographic material involved the serious sexual abuse of very young children and the distribution of multiple images and videos.
“Given the serious nature and extent of these offences, the committee was of the view that it is manifestly apparent that the public and children, in particular, require protection from the registrant now and in the future. The committee concluded that erasure is the only sanction which would be sufficient to protect the public, including children.”