Optometrist erased from GOC register

A Somerset-based optometrist has been fond unfit to practise due to offences involving indecent photographs

15 Mar 2016 by Michael Read

GOC logoThe General Optical Council (GOC) has erased optometrist Colin Vallance from its registers, the regulator announced today (15 March).

The optometrist, from Taunton, Somerset, was found by a GOC Fitness to Practise Committee that his fitness to practise was impaired by virtue of a conviction for three offences of possessing indecent photographs of children and one offence of distributing an indecent photograph of a child.

In response to the outcome of the hearing, the committee commented: “In the committee’s view the registrant’s conduct is fundamentally incompatible with continuing registration as a professional. The committee is…of the view that the registrant does pose a real continuing risk of harm to the public.

“The committee determined that erasure was the only appropriate sanction for the public protection. Further, the committee is of the view that reasonable and well-informed members of the public would be outraged if the registrant were not erased from the register. Erasure is equally necessary in order to maintain public confidence in the profession and uphold proper standards of conduct and behaviour.”

Mr Vallance can appeal the Committee’s decision before 8 April, and is suspended from the register with immediate effect.

A full determination of the hearing can be found here.

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