Child porn cancer doctor to keep his job

Dr Dana Faratian meeting Prince Charles. Picture Comp
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A leading cancer research doctor who browsed ‘frankly disgusting’ images of child sexual abuse on a Romanian website has been suspended for just 12 months.

Self-confessed former porn addict Dr Dana Faratian, 35, was sacked from his prestigious research post at the University of Edinburgh after he was snared by police in December 2011.

Acting on intelligence that he had been accessing a website notorious for posting illegal material, officers from Lothian and Borders police raided his Newington flat and seized his laptop.

Forensic analysis of Faratian’s computer found 151 sick pictures of girls between the ages of six and 14, 81 of which were unique, ranging from images classed as Level 1 to the most serious Level 5.

The father-of-two was ordered to complete a community payback order, with supervision for three years, and placed on the sex offenders register after pleading guilty to a single charge of possessing indecent images of children at Edinburgh Sheriff Court in August 2012.

Faratian referred himself to the General Medical Council after he was arrested and he has been temporarily suspended from the register since July 2012.

He faced a Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service fitness to practise hearing in Manchester where the GMC, represented by Ciaran Rankin, called for him to be struck off.

The MPTS panel, chaired by Richard Davies, found his fitness to practise was impaired because of his conviction but decided not to strike him off.

“The panel did not consider that in the exceptional circumstances of your case erasure would be proportionate, necessary, or justifiable at this stage.”

He added: ‘The panel did not consider that in the exceptional circumstances of your case erasure would be proportionate, necessary, or justifiable at this stage.’

Faratian will have to attend a review hearing before the end of his suspension before he is allowed back to unrestricted work.”