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Monday 14 July 2014

Child porn pharmacist 'must not work with children'

Grainne Cunningham

Published 14/12/2012|05:00

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A PHARMACIST convicted of possessing child pornography should not be allowed to work with children for three years, a committee has recommended.

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Killian McLoughlin, from the Ring area of Waterford, was convicted of possessing images of naked young children, under the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act, on November 12, 2010.

Mr McLoughlin (44) accepted he was guilty of professional misconduct in relation both to his possession of the pornographic images and to his conviction, during a hearing before the Professional Conduct Committee of the Pharmaceutical Society of Ireland (PSI).

The committee heard that since his conviction, Mr McLoughlin had lost his job.

Counsel for Mr McLoughlin, Gabriel Gavigan, told the committee his client's employer had initially stood by him but subsequently let him go.

He said his client had since also had 45 counselling sessions and had "developed an insight into his difficulties and the risk of re-offending".

Patrick Leonard, for the PSI, told the committee than any sanction imposed on Mr McLoughlin should reflect the serious nature of the transgression, should serve as a example to other members of the PSI and should have regard to the protection of the public.

Misconduct

The committee found him guilty of three counts of professional misconduct.

Chairman Bernard McCartan said the committee recommended that he be obliged to inform any employer of his conviction for child pornography, undergo regular psychiatric assessment and be banned from working as a supervising pharmacist for the duration.

In addition, he must not work with children in private or during home visits while engaged in the practice of pharmacy.

He must notify the PSI of any future employment, prior to taking it up, and should tell his employer of his conviction for possession of child pornography and of having been found guilty of professional misconduct.

A further allegation against Mr McLoughlin, that he had applied for continued registration as a pharmacist when he knew or ought to have known that he faced an imminent conviction under the Child Trafficking and Pornography Act, was not proven, the committee decided.

The recommendations will now be considered by the PSI Council and any of the conditions which are imposed on Mr McLoughlin must be approved by a High Court order.

Irish Independent

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