57-year-old jailed for 18 months over stash of im­ages

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A FOR­MER den­tist struck off for hid­ing his HIV from pa­tients has been jailed af­ter he was caught with a vile stash of child porn.

The 57-year-old has been jailed for 18 months.

A FOR­MER Glas­gow den­tist struck off af­ter he hid that he had HIV has been jailed for 18 months over a haul of in­de­cent im­ages of chil­dren.

Harry Robert­son, 57, was struck off the den­tal regis­ter in 2014 af­ter a case be­fore the Gen­eral Den­tal Coun­cil.

Last June, the dis­graced den­tist was caught with a stash of dozens of in­de­cent pic­tures and videos of chil­dren at his West End flat.

Robert­son was given the 18-month prison sen­tence at Glas­gow Sher­iff Court af­ter he ad­mit­ted down­load­ing and pos­sess­ing the i mages be­tween July 2009 and one 2017.

Sher­iff Joseph Platt said he con­sid­ered Robert­son’s lack of pre­vi­ous con­vic­tions and health prob­lems he suf­fered from, but said “the chil­dren in­volved in these im­ages were hideously abused”.

Robert­son was also put on the sex of­fend­ers’ regis­ter for 10 years.

The court heard po­lice re­ceived in­for­ma­tion last June that there were in­de­cent im­ages at the Cleve­den Drive flat.

On June 6, po­lice searched the prop­erty and found a hard drive, lap­top and USB sticks.

The court was told 130 still im­ages and 85 videos were found on the var­i­ous de­vices, with the ma­jor­ity be­ing “cat­e­gory A”, the most se­ri­ous.

Defence lawyer Rod­ney Stevens said fol­low­ing Robert­son’s HIV di­ag­no­sis his re­la­tion­ship broke down and he stopped work­ing in 2012, and in 2013 there was a “rapid de­cline in his men­tal health”.

He said Robert­son didn’t ac­tively search for the im­ages but used a video shar­ing ap­pli­ca­tion and ac­cepts “he should have taken ac­tion to avoid these im­ages”.

In 2014 the Gen­eral Den­tal Coun­cil con­ducted a private hear­ing into his ac­tions, with the ma­jor­ity of the charges against him with­held from the pub­lic, but doc­u­ments show he was ac­cused of “dis­hon­est con­duct”.

A rul­ing on the case stated: “The com­mit­tee has de­ter­mined it is ap­pro­pri­ate to erase the name of Harry Gor­don Robert­son from the Den­tists’ Regis­ter.”

In Au­gust 2013, NHSGGC con­tacted pa­tients who had been treated by Robert­son be­tween Jan­uary 2004 and March 2013.

More than 10,000 pa­tients were tested but no-one was found to be HIV pos­i­tive.

How­ever, hun­dreds of pa­tients were not traced at that time, al­though a pub­lic aware­ness cam­paign was con­ducted.

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