AND AN OTHER NAMED PERSON

Doctor admits paying to view child sex abuse

A former doctor has admitted paying a foreign woman to show him the private parts of young girls online.

Kieran Titheridge, of Arbroath, was also caught with 366 indecent images of children and two videos at his flat in Aberdeen.
The 34-year-old was working as a trainee at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary at the time.
Titheridge will be sentenced at the High Court in Edinburgh on 25 February.
Police
launched an investigation in November 2013 after they were informed
Titheridge had made four payments through online service PayPal to an
account registered abroad.
Officers carried out a search of his
Arbroath home and his flat in Aberdeen’s Union Grove, where he lived
alone while working in the geriatrics department of the city’s hospital.
Laptops seized from both addresses yielded a total of 366 indecent images of children and two videos.

Online conversations

Text
conversations conducted over video chat service Skype revealed that the
doctor had engaged in several dialogues with a woman in October 2012
after asking if she could provide him with “naked young girls”.
The
woman offered girls of various ages from seven upwards during their
online chats, and on one occasion Titheridge asked to see a 14-year-old
child.
He sent one payment of $30, and three further payments of £10 for sexual services involving children.
The
woman informed Titheridge on one occasion that the children were
sleeping so she could not provide the service. He got in touch with her
again later, asking: “Are the young girls awake?”
Titheridge had
been set to go on trial for possessing indecent photos and videos and
intentionally obtaining the sexual services of a child or children.
He
pleaded guilty to two offences before the case called at the High Court
in Aberdeen, and will now be sentenced in Edinburgh next month.
Lord
Kinclaven requested background reports, saying Titheridge had been
convicted of “serious offences against children”, and remanded him in
custody.
NHS Grampian declined to comment on the case. Titheridge
is no longer working at Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, having left his job in
2013.

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