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Yorkshire optometrist erased following pornography conviction

The GOC has erased a practitioner who made an indecent photograph of a child and possessed extreme pornographic images of animals

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A Yorkshire-based optometrist has been erased from the General Optical Council (GOC) register after he received convictions relating to making an indecent photograph of a child and possessing extreme pornographic images involving animals.

After pleading guilty to the offences, Alister Blockley (GOC number 01-14606) received a 12-month imprisonment sentence suspended for 24 months at York Crown Court in July 2019.

He was also sentenced to 20 rehabilitation activity days, 200 hours’ unpaid work and 10 years’ sex offender registration as well as a sexual harm prevention order.

After police received information about the registrant, they seized computer hardware from his home in 2017 and discovered more than 400 indecent images or videos of children.

The hardware also contained more than 800 extreme pornographic images involving animals.

A GOC fitness to practise committee decision noted that Mr Blockley had ceased practising as an optometrist following his arrest in 2017.

He was sentenced to erasure from the register.

“In the view of the committee the behaviour of the Registrant in committing these offences was fundamentally incompatible with continued registration,” the GOC decision highlighted.

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