Child doctor admits 31 sex offences

Child-abusing former Wigan paediatrician Raza Laskar
Child-abusing former Wigan paediatrician Raza Laskar

A JUNIOR doctor who worked with young patients in the paediatrics department at Wigan Infirmary has admitted to 31 child sex offences.

Dr Raza Laskar, who worked for Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust (WWL) for two years between 2007 and 2009, had his home raided by police in May and today admitted a catalogue of offences all involving boys aged between 12-16 years of age.

The 31-year-old worked in six different areas of Wigan’s hospital services, including the children’s department, while completing his junior doctor training with WWL.

Laskar yesterday admitted six counts of causing or inciting child pornography, one count of taking indecent photographs, eight counts of causing or inciting a child to engage in sexual activity and five counts of voyeurism.

He also admitted to three counts of sexual activity with a child, two counts of distributing an indecent photograph of a child, one count of incitement to distribute an indecent photograph of a child, two counts of causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity, two counts of making indecent photographs of a child and one count of possessing an extreme pornographic image.

Laskar came to the attention of police in January this year when GMP received information from the National Crime Agency that between Christmas Day 2013 and January 27 2014, 1,605 separate files, suspected of containing indecent photographs of children, had been made available on a file sharing site.

The IP address was checked and an address in Ashton-under-Lyne identified and on May 2 this year police raided Laskar’s home.

A number of computers and data storage devices were seized and subsequently forensically examined by GMP’s high tech crime unit and latterly by an external company; such was the amount of data recovered.

Chat logs were recovered as well as videos of Laskar engaging in sexual acts with a child that had been taken in a hotel room he had booked.

Further examination of the vast amounts of data recovered revealed more than 1.2million images.

In addition hundreds of chat logs were reviewed and videos recovered that led to officers identifying other child victims whom Laskar had groomed and incited to engage in sexual activity.

A spokesman for NHS England in Greater Manchester added: “We can confirm that a junior doctor who previously worked in a number of hospitals across Greater Manchester has appeared in court for a plea hearing.

“The charges against Dr Laskar did not relate to his work.

“However, we would like to offer our sympathies to the victims involved in this case.

“As the legal process is ongoing it would be inappropriate for us to comment further at this time.

“Anybody with any concerns can call 0808 800 5000 where trained NSPCC staff are on hand to offer help and support.”

For the full story see The Wigan Evening Post (Saturday)