Paramedic Andrew Grant has been struck off the HCPC Register following conviction for six charges of making indecent photographs or pseudo-photographs of a child at Birmingham Magistrates Court.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mr Grant resigned from the West Midlands Ambulance Service on 23 October 2014 after 13 years’ service after admitting to the police that he had been viewing child pornography for five to ten years through an internet site.
The Panel further heard that following a guilty plea to the six charges. Mr Grant was sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court on 2 November 2015 to a total of six months imprisonment suspended for two years, a supervision order for two years, a Sexual Harm Prevention order and a requirement to undertake a Facing Forward rehabilitation programme.
Panel Chair Pamela Mansell commented:
“Mr Grant has been complicit in child sexual abuse and exploitation of children by downloading pornographic images of children over an extensive period of time.
His behaviour has undermined public confidence in the paramedic profession. Paramedics occupy a role of trust and he has breached a fundamental tenet of the profession by reason of these convictions, and continues to pose a real risk to the public.”
The Panel directed to strike the name of Mr Andrew Grant from the Register from 22 July 2016 with an interim suspension order to cover the appeal period.
Mr Andrew Grant was not present nor represented at the hearing.