November 1, 2014
A junior doctor working in paediatrics has admitted online child grooming and sexually abusing boys as young as 12.
Dr Raza Laskar from Ashton-under-Lyne in Greater Manchester, also pleaded guilty to possessing images of abuse.
He denied six of the 37 charges he is accused of when he appeared at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court.
Laskar, 31, was arrested as part of a police operation which targeted men who accessed abuse images online. There is no evidence his patients were abused.
Det Insp Theresa Carter, said: “Like Jekyll and Hyde, he is vastly different in moral character depending on the situation, going from caring for and treating children to deliberately targeting, grooming and abusing them.
“I can stress that we found no evidence that he committed any offence during the course of his employment.”
NHS England confirmed Laskar had previously worked in a number of hospitals across Greater Manchester.
In May, police executed a warrant at Laskar’s home after 1,605 files believed to contain indecent photographs of children were uploaded from an IP address at his home.
The files had been uploaded between Christmas Day 2013 and January 2014.