April 2019

Macclesfield surgeon admits downloading thousands of child sex abuse images

A surgeon from Cheshire has admitted downloading, making and viewing thousands of indecent images of children.

Cristian Bogdan, 42 and a cardio thoracic surgeon at the Royal Stoke Hospital, pleaded guilty to the offences today, Thursday, April 25, at Chester Crown Court.

Bogdan, now of London Road in Macclesfield, will be sentenced on Friday, May 24.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) authorised the charges based on a total of 13,096 still pictures and two videos depicting sexual child abuse, as well as the 9,742 sexual child abuse cartoons were also found on computers at his home.

Bogdan was arrested on December 1, 2017, by officers from Cheshire police’s Paedophile and Cyber Investigation Team.

In a search of his home, officers found several IT devices storing thousands of indecent images of children.

Initially Bogdan made no comment but on January 9, this year, he went to Macclesfield Police Station with a prepared statement admitting downloading, viewing and searching for indecent images of children.

A CPS spokeswoman said further investigation proved he had actively searched for the images.

Speaking after the guilty pleas were entered, Damion Lloyd of Mersey Cheshire Crown Prosecution Service said: “At work Bogdan held down a difficult and respected job.

“At home he was searching for and downloading thousands of images of children being sexually abused.

“In interview he tried to downplay the amount of images he had, claiming he’d downloaded them in bulk and deleted most of them but it was clear that he was continually actively seeking out these dreadful images of abuse.

“He had no previous convictions and had a responsible job yet he risked all of that in the pursuit of these crimes.

“Sexual abuse has a dreadful impact on victims and the sexual abuse of children can have long lasting effects for the rest of their lives.

“To view the images of this abuse and to make images of it is a crime and the Crown Prosecution Service, working with the police, will do all we can to bring the perpetrators to justice.”