Child Porn ? Join the Navy

The Register reports that a Navy Doctor who has been found guilty of possessing child porn images can keep his job. Looking at the (so-called) penalties, it doesn’t even equate to a slap on the wrist.
So does this show that yet again medics apply different (more lenient) rules to their own ? And doesn’t the fact that he can keep his job demonstrate that HM Government also do not consider this to be an offence worthy of closer inspection ? Isn’t this the same Govt that says it is coming down hard on child porn pedlars and viewers ?

I don’t give a damn about any ‘personal shame’ this pervert may be feeling – he brought it all on himself and by paying for such porn has caused more children to be abused – but both the GMC and the Govt have effectively given a green light to others to engage in the same behaviour – after all, there’s no need to worry about the consequences is there ?

He should have been dishonourably discharged and been removed from the GMC register.

Dr Stuart Ruthven. Pervert.

7 thoughts on “Child Porn ? Join the Navy

  1. It would’ve seemed fairer for the judge to jail him (this seemed to be the general punishment for people caught and convicted in Ore, don’t know why he didn’t get it).

    But as long as he’s kept away from kids, why the hell should we waste the half-million quid we’ve spent on training him and deprive people of doctors?

  2. And I am all for people who view child porn to be stripped of as much dignity as possible, and for as long as possible. The fact that he is a Doctor means nothing – he paid for something which further perpetuated abuse and long-lasting harm to children. Those children can’t just shrug their shoulders and forget about it, they can’t continue their lives as if nothing happened – they are damaged and scarred for the rest of their lives.

    They have paid a massive price so this stinking pervert can get his kicks. The price he should be made to pay should not only reflect that, but also act as a deterrent to others. What has been handed down does not.

    The potential argument that he should be given a chance to ‘repay society’ is the stuff of nonsense. It’s the wider society that has been damaged – it’s children. There is nothing he could ever do to repay that, and we should deprive him of any method of allowing him to think that he is in any way “making it better”.

  3. There’s no ‘repaying society’ about it. I don’t care what the sordid perversions of the doctor who treats any serious illness I might contract (or any ‘being shot’ that sailors might contract, him being a Navy doctor), or whether he’s only doing it because it makes him feel better – if he prevents me from dying, that’s infinitely better than if he doesn’t. We need doctors. He is one.

    Or would you prefer to let people die just so you can feel more morally unambiguous?

  4. I don’t see that the loss of one doctor will impact in that way.
    We need nurses too, and soldiers and social workers and I’m sure many more professions – are you saying that they too should be spared from any effective punishment ? Or is it just because he is a Doctor ?

    My issue – in my post – pointed at what I see as the failure of the GMC and the Govt in taking a decent standpoint on this. They have both, by their inaction – condoned what he did. A Rating in the Navy who stole would have a greater punishment. Is that fair ?

    I honestly don’t care whether you think I am trying to be morally unambiguous – I say what I think, and I have every right to do so.

  5. I can safely say that I think john b has a very skewed concept of paedophilia and child abuse. John, do you honest believe that a sick person’s death is a bigger tragedy than the sexual abuse of a child? Death is one thing, when it’s done, it’s done. As Mark says, a child who is abused will have to carry that experience with them for the rest of their life… I know which I’d prefer…

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