A senior Birmingham doctor has admitted downloading child pornography from the internet in a dramatic change of plea.
Dr David Moore, who has worked at Birmingham Children's Hospital, pleaded guilty to four charges of making indecent images. He had previously denied the charges and six similar ones. Judge Elizabeth Fisher ordered the six remaining charges to lie on the file.
She adjourned sentence for a report to be prepared on the doctor who was allowed conditional bail and left Birmingham Crown Court without commenting. The court had heard that police had raided the doctor's home in Woodview Drive, Edgbaston, following a complaint about an email he had sent.
Officers seized his computer and discovered that over a 20-minute period in the early hours of the morning Dr Moore, 47, had downloaded indecent photos of children.
Mr Hugh Davies, prosecuting, said experts had been able to reconstruct the web pages the doctor had viewed and that he had installed software which was capable of eradicating evidence of recent internet browsing.
The prosecution accepted the pleas for a number of reasons and that the jury had been saved from having to view further material that they might well find offensive.
He said also taken into account was that whether the doctor was convicted of four charges or ten the "professional implications'' for him were likely to be the same.