UK psychiatrist Darryl Watts working with children again; license was suspended in '03 for child porn

May 4, 2010

A psychiatrist who surfed the web to look at depraved pictures of youngsters is free to work with children again.

Dr Darryl Watts blamed stress and depression after he spent up to 30 hours a week on the internet looking at images of violence and indecent pictures of young girls.

In April 2003 police raided his home and seized Watts' computer which contained an image of a naked girl aged between five and seven years old in sexual poses.

Watts was fined £1,500 by Hereford Magistrates after admitting possession of an indecent photograph of a child under the age of 16.

He was also ordered to register as a sex offender for five years and his computer was destroyed.

Watts was suspended for a year by the GMC and later banned from working with children.

But the Hereford-based doctor has successfully appealed for the restrictions to be lifted.

He blamed the stress of a 70,000-patient workload at the Blackberry Hill Hospital, Bristol, for his behaviour.

Watts told the hearing: 'I began to get into a frame of mind where I began to hate my failings and my shortcomings.

'I began to get very negative thoughts about myself and dislike myself significantly.

'When I had time off work because I was not coping I became more introverted.

'At that time I started to use the internet and I used it to look at things that were horrible images.

'That seemed to validate what I was feeling in here, in myself. I looked at things to do with suicide and I looked at horrible images of people being hurt or maimed, car crashes, bombings. I did see something to do with Lady Diana.

'These images were in some way an external representation of what I was feeling inside. Along with the looking at some images of child pornography as well.'

When asked if the child images were sexual he said 'certainly not.'

In January 2003 Watts moved from the Bristol hospital to a Hereford clinic with his partner Jackie Valentine.

He was caught in Operation Ricochet run by Avon and Somerset Constabulary to combat child porn on the internet and one stored image was found on his computer.

Watts added: 'I'm so, so sorry I have done it. It won't happen again. What I did supports the procurement of these sorts of pictures.'

The doctor now works part time at a clinic in Newport as well as running a bed and breakfast in Harewood End, Herefordshire, with his partner.

He spends his spare time cleaning toilets and making beds, he said.

The GMC panel agreed Watts, of Handley Cross House, Harewood End, Herefordshire, could now practice again without restriction.

His governing body found the doctor's fitness to practise was no longer impaired.

GMC chairman Dr Timothy Ross said: 'The panel accepts that you now have clear insight into the effects of your behaviour on yourself, your patients, the profession and on victims of abuse.

'The testimonial evidence is that you have retained the confidence of your professional colleagues and that your clinical competence is not in doubt.

'The panel is confident that a fair-minded member of the public, if in full possession of the facts would not conclude that it is necessary in the public interest to continue to restrict your registration.

'The medical evidence indicates that there are no concerns regarding your health and also the reports from your workplace supervisors confirm that you continue to work as a competent and caring doctor, working solely in adult psychiatry, who commands the confidence of his professional colleagues.

'Talking all factors into account, the panel has determined that your fitness to practise is not now impaired.

'Having reached that conclusion, the panel hereby revokes the current order of conditions with immediate effect.' 

Source: "Psychiatrist who surfed web looking for child porn and violence free to work with children again," London Daily Mail, May 4, 2010.

Comments
Wesley Gerrard
2014-12-21 18:34:11
Lucky me to have been one of his adult patients for three years after the attack. He works as a forensic psychiatrist with Newport Police... During that time he had me tasered, stripped naked and beaten unconscious in the police cells and I had a nightmare three years of suffering... He shouldn;'t have been treating me as he is a forensic psychiatrist and I have no criminal record. Plus he won several court hearings thus being able to restrict my liberty, despite not losing his for child porn convictions... By UK law (Community Treatment Order) I had to have him in my home every week... Whatever next in this crazy world?

Jeannette BARNES
2015-07-14 20:47:57
Hi
I was groomed via this person he used to say to my husband stay out whilst he was asking me to say what happened to me when I was raped I do not want to go into it but I can tell you he has made my PTSD due to this rape as well as lot of other stuff it is sick making and I like to have some compensation for what he has done to me now no longer trust people in medical field he show me out go to the toilet after I think you know what I mean

Jeannette BARNES
2015-11-11 20:33:29
I was under this person he enjoyed getting each every detail out of me for the rape I had been through as well as all the other stuff in graphic detail this is so hard as it has made me not trust anyone in this world it awful I live in fear for my life as been abused so many times and to get abused via doctor it was not only upsetting it made me feel and still does dirty he is not fit to be in medical field he is nasty man with one thing on his mind how to get some fun out other people's hurt in life If you want to have me give you my number am happy i know he is practising but he in my mind should never be aloud to do the job he is not only nasty but he wanks after my consultation I had with him it makes not only the ptsd from all the other abuse it makes me unsure of why people love to abuse me .

He never let my husband in which had made him feel bit out of it and reason why is he was having wonderful time counselling me in what i been threw from childhood ext it just awful I never beable to say how awful but if you want to talk am happy to help as never want to see another person having what I had done to me
if want to leave me any thing please put it on davidbarnes555@btinternet.com and then I can get in touch with you if like to hear this side of his there is no words for it reason I go under my husband's name is that I have been badly abused
best wishes Jeannette Barnes

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