Doctor convicted after taking thousands of pictures of patients
20 Jul 2018 17:15 PM[View Full Size]
A doctor in Sunderland has been convicted after secretly taking thousands of pictures and videos of his patients.
Dr Thair Altaii, 55, has today (July 20) been found guilty of three counts of voyeurism between 2008 and 2014.
In total, the GP, of White Rocks Grove, Whitburn, was found to have more than 19,000 images of women on his laptop, some clothed and others in various stages of undress, after one of his patients raised concerns to police.
He claimed they were captured for his own assessment and training purposes. However, today a jury at Newcastle Crown Court convicted him of all charges.
Altaii, who was suspended from his role after the allegations came to light, has been granted bail until he is due to be sentenced on Tuesday, August 14.
Detective Constable Lee Boys, of Northumbria Police, said: “Thair Altaii abused his position of trust and must now deal with the consequences of his actions.
“Not only has he ruined his own professional career and reputation, but he has also caused inevitable distress to his victims who were totally unaware of what he was doing.
“I would like to praise the courage and determination of his victims to come forward and help police with this investigation.”
The court was told Altaii was arrested after a patient noticed two propped up mobile phones during an appointment and subsequently alerted police.
His laptop, along with other equipment, was subsequently seized by officers.
Altaii initially denied recording any of his patients without consent when first spoken to by police.
But during a later interview, he accepted recording nine medical consultations without permission of the patients or making them aware.
When shown some of the images recovered from his laptop, Altaii said they may have been produced automatically after filming appointments “for training reasons”.
The doctor pleaded not guilty to all charges at court and denied any of the images or videos were taken for sexual gratification.
Any patients who have concerns are asked to call 0800 464 0386 or 0330 041 2186.