Trainee op­ti­cian barred from prac­tis­ing af­ter found guilty of child porn

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS -

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.”

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