Paramedic Andrew W Kerr has been struck off the HCPC Register on grounds of his conviction for possession of an indecent photograph / pseudo–photograph of a child.
A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that on 13 April 2015, Police Officers from the Paedophile On Line Investigation Team attended Mr Kerr’s home address on receipt of information that his Internet Protocol (IP) address had been used to access indecent images of children.
The Panel further heard that Mr Kerr admitted receiving the images and also that he had not deleted them. Mr Kerr was subsequently charged and bailed and on 30 October 2015 received a Simple Caution for the offence.
Panel Chair Donald Brown commented:
“Mr Kerr’s engagement has been very limited and he has asked to be removed from the Register.
He has shown no insight, remorse or remediation. He has provided no explanation to the HCPC and only a limited explanation to the Police. The offence is very serious and of a serious breach of professional standards.”
The Panel concluded that in all the circumstances, the only appropriate and proportionate sanction is a striking off order.
Paramedic Andrew W Kerr was not present or represented at the hearing.